Guest blog: “Having our say was very important, especially in the Year of Young People” -George Wyeth
George Wyeth is Grange House Captain, Pupil Council member and Sports Ambassador at Musselburgh Grammar School.
As part of the team that ran a recent meeting of the Scottish Education Council and contributed agenda items, George’s accounts the experience here.
On the 21 November 2018, Musselburgh Grammar School was lucky enough to host the Scottish Education Council chaired by the Deputy First Minister, John Swinney.
The Council began talking about specific topics chosen by pupils of Musselburgh Grammar. The council was also joined by 10 pupils from the school who led the discussion into mental health and wellbeing, Pupil Equity Funding and the recent changes to the SQA qualifications.
It was an unforgettable experience being involved in such an event. I was extremely nervous beforehand but as the meeting got underway it became clear that I needn’t be.
Once all of the pupils relaxed into the meeting we started participating and making the most of the opportunity. The rest of the council were very good at accommodating our views and understanding our unique situation as we are the minds of young people that they are always trying to figure out.
Having our say was very important, especially in the Year of Young People, I am sure that our views were listened to and hopefully they will be acted upon.
The group of pupils contributed massively to the conversation of the council. We set the agenda and asked many burning questions to the people that can truly make a difference and fix any problems we may have when it comes to our schooling. Thankfully we didn’t let this chance slip. The council members answered our questions and put our minds at ease.
The meeting ended with a bite to eat and an informal chat in which we posed any other questions. Council members said that the presence of the pupils had a huge positive effect on the council meeting and that it was a more productive meeting than some previous ones. They also questioned us about our experiences and how we felt about our time in school.
It was a fantastic day that I am sure that my fellow pupils and I will remember for the rest of our lives.
Real pleasure to chair Scottish Education Council @mgsonline. Our discussions were led by pupils from Musselburgh Grammar and preceded by outstanding musical and drama performances by them. Many thanks for the warm welcome. Great to meet such confident, articulate young people
— John Swinney (@JohnSwinney) November 21, 2018