Pupil Voice at The Meadows
There is growing evidence to suggest that the more that pupils are involved in the learning process the more effective their learning is, for example in assessment for learning, peer and self- assessment. Pupils are very aware of factors which help or hinder their learning in lessons and can play an important role in identifying them.
Pupil voice is essential in schools because children are stakeholders in their own learning and should be provided with the opportunity to have their say about our school. We have developed considerably in this area over recent years, particularly with blogs, pupil surveys, pupil led fundraising and lunch time clubs. Our pupils are even part of our monitoring schedule and ask them to undertaken particular roles. our school has been praised for the way in which we engage children. Furthermore, we have been highly commended because the children are aware of our strengths and weakness and what we are working on, within the school year, to improve (our school improvement plan).
We currently have positions of:
- School Ambassadors
- Behaviour Mentors
Ambassadors are role models within our school who are keen to promote our school values and ethos. They need to demonstrate our "Secrets of Success" in all that they do. Some of their responsibilities include:
- Meeting and greeting visitors
- Leading fundraising events
- Conducting Pupil surveys
- Observing learning in classrooms and playground behaviour
- Meeting with the Academy Council
- Contributing to Newsletters
- Communicating with other pupil groups in the Shaw Education family of schools.
They have been selected because they really care about the well-being of the children in our school, treating others how they want to be treated and believe listening to one another is extremely important in moving the school forward. It is a real achievement to be chosen to represent the school as an Ambassador and we feel that this role helps children show their leadership qualities.
These are also role models within our school who are keen to promote our school values and ethos. They need to demonstrate our "Secrets of Success" in all that they do. They play an important role in implementing our restorative approach in our behaviour policy. They really need to be able to empathise with children, show good listening skills and be able to scaffold conversations. When children make mistakes at The Meadows we ask them to reflect on the choices they made and how they can make the right decision next time. It also includes thinking about the impact upon others and how they can put their mistake right. Pupil to pupil dialogue has proven to be most successful with this.