Pupils from all Merthyr Tydfil’s secondary and also 19 primary schools are attending an annual conference next week which encourages them to air their views on topical matters.
The 2018 Student Council Conference at Merthyr Tydfil College on 15 November – themed ‘Wellbeing and Resilience’ - will also feature presentations and workshops, with a focus on exploitation and screentime overload.
“This type of event is an ideal opportunity for the learners in our schools to voice their views on topical matters and to help inform planning for the future. To date, we have been given plenty of food for thought,” said County Borough Council Inclusion Manager Sarah Bowen.
Children’s Commissioner for Wales Sally Holland is delivering the opening speech, with officers from Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council and partners from a wide range of organisations giving talks on themes including environmental issues; substance misuse; anti-bullying; post Brexit/diversity; how to stay mentally well; healthy relationships; diet, lifestyle and their impact on sleep; and awareness of homelessness.
Groups represented include Eco Schools, South Wales Grid for Learning, School Nurses, TEDS - substance misuse, South Wales Police, Holos, Safer Merthyr Tydfil, Merthyr and the Valleys Mind, Kidscape, Healthy Schools and Merthyr Tydfil Youth Forum.
County Borough Council Cabinet Member for Learning Cllr Lisa Mytton said: “The Student Council Conference is being held this year to coincide with Anti-bullying Week and National Safeguarding (Exploitation) Week.
“Each year, we are seeing more interest in the event – our students appreciate the opportunity to examine life issues and discuss how to cope with them. They leave feeling better informed and reassured that they’ll have support to face any difficulties they might encounter.”
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