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  Design a kids' commissioner
Updated 14 October 2002, 13.40
Peter Clarke, Children's Commissioner for Wales
Peter Clarke, Children's Commissioner for Wales


Citizenship 11-14/KS3/Levels E&F
Central government

Overview
Children are being put at risk because not enough's being done to protect them, inspectors have warned.

Students decide which qualities and experience a children's commissioner would need and devise interview questions.

Learning aims

  • Learn about the importance and function of a children's commissioner.

  • Discuss how kids' lives could be improved with a children's commissioner.
Icebreaker
Read the story
Too many children are 'at risk'.

Ask the class:

  • Which areas should the government spend more money on to help kids?

  • How can the government help kids more?

  • How do you think a children's commissioner can improve your life?
Main activity
1. Students devise 10 interview questions for selecting a suitable person for the post of Children's Commissioner.

2. Give out copies of the Children's Commissioner worksheet.

Explain to students that the worksheet is split into and experience and personality qualities.

Students decide which aspects of a person's experience would be most important.

They write down their reasons for certain experience being more important than other.

3. Students make the same decisions about the personal qualities a commissioner would need.

Extension activity

Use pie-charts
You may wish to give the two blank pie-charts on the worksheet to students to colour and label showing their ideas over the qualities a children's commissioner needs.

Plenary
Recap on the main teaching points and students share their interview questions and choice of candidate qualities.

Teachers' Background

The first Children's Commissioner for Wales:

  • Peter Clarke used to be director of ChildLine Cymru.

  • 12 children drawn from across Wales interviewed the six shortlisted candidates on the day before the formal interviews.

  • It is a 70,000-a-year appointment with a budget in its first year of around 700,000.


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