Below is an example of a schedule for a VocalEyes Democracy Day:

Preparation:

  • LAPTOPS/TABLETS: Book out enough devices for 1 per pupil in each session.
  • BIG SCREEN: Ensure a laptop, big screen with sound is available for online presentation and demonstration.
  • INTRANET LOGIN DETAILS: It is advised that you have intranet (i.e. Hwb) usernames and passwords available so pupils can use the same details when registering on VocalEyes, (although we will not be logging into any intranet).
  • CONSENT FORMS: If possible, it’s fantastic if we can capture capture some views and opinions on video. Please gain the necessary consent forms if required.

9.15am: Introduce the Democracy Day & VocalEyes in Assembly

  • Someone let the pupils/students know today will be a “Democracy Day”.
  • Ask the pupils/students to start thinking of good ideas to improve the school.
  • The VocalEyes team will be with them later to show them how to suggest, debate and prioritise them
  • Speak generally about democracy or lack of it!

10.00 to 10.45am: VocalEyes Trainer Arrives – Meet and train School Council

  • Kick-start the conversation by suggesting, rating and debating the first ideas to improve the school.
  • The Student Council then stay with the facilitators for the day and take responsibility for teaching  each class.

11 – 12 noon: First Democracy Session

  • Session with first class (i.e. Year 6).

12 – 1pm: Lunch

1 – 2pm: Second Democracy Session

  • Session with second class (i.e. Year 5).
  • Governors, councillors and other visitors might attended one of these sessions.

2 – 3pm: Consolidate & Action

  • Finish and consolidate with School Council, Head Teacher and Pupil/Student Voice lead.
  • Discuss priorities, plan, agree and actions to feedback to the school community.
  • Teach how to set up meetings and take notes on the platform.
  • Add some of the more mature pupils/students as Group Editors and teach moderation of the group.
  • Consider establishing Parent Voice & Staff Voice at the school and discuss possible engagement strategies.

Here is a blog from a Democracy Day with Glyncollen Primary School in Swansea.

VocalEyes Democracy Day

VocalEyes Democracy Day