The word comes from two Greek words that mean “rule by the people.” In a democracy, the people have a say in how things are run. They do this by voting, though there are usually rules about who can vote.

Democracy at DCoEJA:

The children are always encouraged to have a ‘voice’ in many areas of school life.  This can be seen, among other things, when:

  • Deciding on class rules and charters
  • Voting for school council members
  • Filling in questionnaires
  • Choosing and voting for a class ‘Learner of the Week’

Understanding that being able to influence decision making through the democratic process, and the fact that this is how Britain is run, is an important thing we try and help the children appreciate.