Rushen Primary School

Learning and Growing

Purpose and Aims

At Rushen Primary we value each child and aim to build relationships of trust and mutual respect, where pupils are encouraged to take an active part in the decision making process. We aim to offer a safe, happy and fair learning environment and believe pupils have the right to be listened to and consulted when appropriate.

Why is Pupil Voice important?

To allow all pupils to feel valued as part of an inclusive, caring community.
To promote positive attitudes of self-respect.
To learn to express our own feelings, whilst valuing the needs and opinions of others.
To learn about democracy and share decision making.
To learn to take on responsibilities and make valued contributions.
To develop life skills of speaking, debating, planning, listening, empathy, collaborating, negotiating, problem solving.
To learn how to play a positive, active role in our community, by learning about roles, rights and responsibilities.
To promote a sense of responsibility and ownership within the school community.
How will it be supported and encouraged?

We have established a School Council, Eco-group, Healthy Schools Group and Rights, Responsibilities and Respect group. Each of these groups consists of children elected by their peers from across the school. The children will decide their aims and priorities. Meetings will be held with a member of staff on a regular basis and encourage pupils to develop ideas, collect information and make decisions in respect of school development. All pupils throughout school will play an active part in making decisions about school issues by suggesting ideas for these committees and their class representatives on the school council and by holding regular class council meetings. This allows all children to share ownership and responsibility of the decision making process.

What is the role of the School Council?

The school council’s job is to involve everyone, not do everything. It needs to get everyone:

- Finding things they want to change.

- Coming up with ideas about how to make them better.

- Putting those ideas in to action.

- Evaluating actions and deciding what works.

How does our class council work?

Our class councils will meet after the School Council has met.

We will listen to the minutes from the School Council meeting and add our own ideas in return.
A different person can run the meeting each time (with help from the teacher, if they need it).
A different person takes notes each time (with help from the teacher, if they need it).
- We choose two people from our class to go to whole school council meetings.

What will the school council do for our class?

When you give your class representative an idea, she or he will:

- Note it down

- Take it to the next school council meeting

- Tell you what is happening to your idea

- You can also put ideas into the class suggestion box, which will be emptied and taken to school council meetings

The school council will try to make your idea happen by getting:

- Permission

- Support

- Money

- Time

What will staff do for the school council?

- Make sure meetings happen when they are supposed to.

- Support pupils to run meetings.

- The Headteacher will answer the school council’s questions.

- If the Headteacher has to say ‘no’ to anything, he will explain why.

How will we measure it?

We shall review our progress by consulting with all pupils and staff and looking for evidence that.....

Everyone understands the importance of pupil voice.

Everyone involved values the importance of Pupil Voice and is actively encouraging and supporting it.

Children feel their ideas are valued and listened to and can explain how they know.

- Changes have come about which have been initiated by children.

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