Why involve children and young people?
Some of the benefits of involving children and young people in decision making are:
It encourages pupils to become active participants in a democratic society – by holding youth parliaments and school councils which develop skills such as co- operation and communication and encourage them to take responsibility.
Increased confidence, self- respect, competence and an improved sense of responsibility have all been reported by young people who contribute in school. Schools also report increased motivation and engagement with learning.
A few of the things that show the value of pupil voice in our school are listed below.
You spoke and we listened! Our incredible School Councilors have demonstrated once again the power of pupil voice in our school. In a recent meeting, class representatives shared their views, and the views of their peers, on school life after lockdown. Something that was raised by multiple classes was access to playground equipment. Although the children understood Covid-19 restrictions, they were keen to come up with solutions which would enable them to utilise the fabulous equipment we have in a Covid-safe way. They approached Mrs Buttress with their ingenious ideas and as a result, new outdoor sanitiser stations have been installed as well as class timetables and cleaning schedules. Just look at how delighted the children are to be able to use the different play areas safely.
At the beginning of the year, each class voted for their school councillor. The elected school councillors meet weekly with Mrs Anderson to plan events to improve school
Student Council is a group of children from Bourne Abbey from Year 1 to Year 6 who meet regularly to discuss our school and ways to make it a happier and better place to learn.
Meet the Student Councillors for 2020-21
‘I’m looking forward to taking in people’s views and listening to ideas from my class and friends. I am looking forward to my role as secretary especially printing and writing about what happened in previous meetings’
Throughout Covid 19 our student council have continued to meet in a well ventilated space and socially distanced, making important decisions for this academic year….
Hope – More than just a four letter word!
Hope is our sponsored guide dog who we have been supporting since she was a puppy. We will post regular updates here to keep your posted on how she is getting on isn’t she cute!!!
Collective Worship Council
As a Collective Worship Councillor the children may be required to assist in planning assemblies, taking part in church services, teaching other children in their class about Christian topics, creating drama sketches on Bible stories, demonstrating values and writing prayers. They will also be required to attend meetings with other Collective Worship Councillors to discuss Collective Worship and how they can make them even more exciting.
All of our councillors have very important jobs that are specifically linked to our Collective Worship
Some of their jobs include;
The group meet regularly to discuss ways to embed the ethos of Rights Respecting Schools and be recognised as a Rights Respecting School. The Rights Respecting Schools charter is based on the U.N. Convention of the Rights of a child which encourages schools to place the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of its ethos and curriculum.
Our school Eco-Team makes decisions which help make our school more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Whether it is monitoring energy usage, how we travel to school or even making us think carefully about which lights to turn on they are always reminding us how important these decisions are.
Pupils take an active role in their own and their peers’ learning of online safety. E-Safety Champions ‘team teach’ with the class teacher to help children learn about e-safety. They also take part and lead Collective Worships throughout the year and are heavily involved with Safer Internet Day and the school council.
There is one e-safety champion per class and they help to remind children that they can report any problems to an adult or on the website/game they are on.
Although we believe that empowering children with the underpinning knowledge and behaviours as a way to keep safe in the modern world, we know that children are the first people to discover apps, new games and problems. By having e-safety champions and regular meetings, staff get to hear about the latest trend/app to potentially be aware of and the pupils have a voice throughout school.
You can find copies of the minutes from our latest Student council meetings below.