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, but stay tuned to the school Twitter and Facebook pages for the very latest updates hot off the press!!
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.
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.
Not only do our school E-Cadets help us to stay safe online but they even teach their peers with termly E-Cadet E-Safety lessons.
You can find copies of the minutes from our latest school council meeting below.