On 13 September, a Pupil Voice conference was held at Penmorfa Council Chamber, Aberaeron with representation from all secondary schools and nearly all primary schools in Ceredigion

The Conference was opened by Sally Holland, Children’s Commissioner for Wales and all pupils had an opportunity to discuss their rights and a range of topics that affect their lives.

Sally Holland, the Children’s Commissioner for Wales said: “It was a huge honour to attend Ceredigion’s first Pupil Voice conference and I’d like to congratulate the County Council on the fantastic achievement of ensuring that every school was represented. It was a pleasure to discuss children’s rights with the children and young people in attendance and I’d like to thank them for the interesting and challenging questions they asked me on the day.”

During the event, pupils also had the opportunity to learn about the work of the council from its Leader, Councillor Ellen ap Gwyn and had the chance to take part in a question and answer session about the council’s work.

Leader of Ceredigion County Council, Ellen ap Gwynn said: “This conference has been very successful, all the children have contributed wholly to the discussions and workshops. Their passion in the topics discussed shows that they care strongly about topical issues and that their opinions should be taken into consideration just as much as anyone else’s. This conference is the first of many events that will be arranged for pupils between the ages of 8yrs and 14yrs old, to ensure that the voice of children and young people in Ceredigion is at the heart of all that we do.”

All attendees had the chance to participate in a range of workshops that included the New Curriculum For Wales and Climate Change.