We place high priority on children's voice and something we are very proud of is our school council which includes every child from Year 1 to Year 6.
Every child in Year 6 is allocated another class in the school which they visit fortnightly to lead a school council meeting. Staff are also at the meetings to make sure they run smoothly. Here, children and staff work together to make suggestions to help improve our school.
School council discussions often focus on aspects of teaching and learning such as how to make lessons more effective and how children can accelerate their rate of learning through things like self-evaluation and peer assessment. The children's suggestions are used by staff during staff meetings to improve their teaching.
The structure of our school council meetings includes:
Following the class meetings, Year 6 feedback to their teachers and use all the suggestions from each class to decide what to do next. The Year 6 teachers then share this will all the staff so that everyone works together to make things better.
Some of the school council's major successes have been:
The children in Year 6 hold important positions of responsibility in our school in different areas: Teaching and Learning, Arts, School Council and Outdoors. Here are their own reports about what it is like to be one of these mentors.