Participatory budgeting - what's that?
Participatory budgeting means involving people in taking real decisions about how a limited resource is going to be spent. In schools, that means pupils having their say about at least some of their school budget.
Every1counts, the school version of participatory budgeting, recognises that all pupils have something to contribute towards making their school a better place in which to live, work and learn.Read more »
Why should my school do it?
How much does your school really value student voice? Well, put your money where your mouth is.
Participatory budgeting is a clear way to take your student voice beyond a school council.
It puts real decisions in front of your whole school and asks them to help find solutions.
With several hundred different perspectives you’re pretty likely to come up with some new, creative ways to save and spend money.
It may be that you’re doing it already (you might have got students to decide on new playground equipment, or the refit of the library) so sign up, share your experiences and be proud that you really put your money where your mouth is when it comes to student voice!Read more »
To demonstrate our commitment to pupil voice we pledge to work towards using participatory budgeting to let pupils decide how we spend at least 1% of our non-staffing budget.
Chloe, Southgate , Teacher
Jez Hall, PB Unit, Other
Ackeem, Globe Academy, Pupil
sserwadda paul, Uganda Martyrs University, Other
maria tufts, the beacon centre, Other staff
Once you have signed up to the pledge you will receive a logo that you can display on your website and letterhead paper to show that your school is committed to real, whole-school student voice.
You will also be able to get advice from the Every1Counts team as to how best to get participatory budgeting up and running in your school.Read more »