Here at St Mary’s we believe in engaging pupils as active participants in their education and in making a positive contribution to their school and local community.
As such, every child is a member of a Pupil Voice group. These groups regularly meet together to discuss pertinent issues to our whole school community. We actively listen to children’s views and suggestions and discuss these at our Senior Leadership meetings. They can tell us what works well and things they feel could be improved. Children are given chance to debate and hold votes around key decisions. The outcomes of the senior leadership meetings are communicated with children so they can see what has happened as a result of their input.
Children are paired with their buddies in Pupil Voice meetings, so that younger children are supported and encouraged to participate in the meetings. There are representatives from every year group. This allows children of different ages to get to know one another and further develop school community spirit. Our use of Kagan supports active engagement and equal participation in meetings.
*DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS, PUPIL VOICE HAS TO WORK SLIGHTLY DIFFERENTLY. ALL CLASSES HAVE APPOINTED A SCHOOL COUNCILLOR WHO HAS MEETINGS WITH THE CLASS AND FEEDS BACK IDEAS VIA A GOOGLE MEET SCHOOL COUNCIL SESSION. THAT WAY WE CAN STILL LISTEN TO ALL CHILDREN'S VIEWS TO HELP IMPROVE OUR SCHOOL.*
There are many benefits to the Pupil Voice groups such as increased confidence, self-respect, competence and an improved sense of responsibility. Children know that their voice is listened to. They feel a sense of belonging in school and they understand that their participation in the decision-making process is highly valued. As a result of the Pupil Voice groups, children have an increased motivation and engagement with learning. It has also led to a well-developed sense of whole school community.