Children's Voice

Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously. This right applies at all times, for example during immigration proceedings, housing decisions or the child’s day-to-day home life 

ARTICLE 12

The basis for pupil voice is found in Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child which sets out the right of children to express an opinion and to be included in decisions that involve and affect them.

Pupil participation can happen in a variety of ways. Some of these are:

  • As part of Assessment for Learning
  • By involving pupils in school self-evaluation and assessment
  • Groups such as school council, eco-council, healthy schools
  • Developing resources and facilities (e.g. Sport, IT)
  • Fundraising, links with charities and with the wider community
  • Improvements to the school environment (e.g. school buildings, playground, toilets)
  • Development of a whole-school environmental policy
  • Involvement with staff recruitment
  • Involvement with planning extra-curricular activities
  • Involvement with planning, reviewing and implementing school policies
  • Involvement with School Development Plan and School Budget
  • Consultation mechanisms such as surveys, suggestion boxes and circle time

Benefits of Pupil Participation

  • Improved pupil engagement and its impact on well-being, behaviour and learning
  • Improved pupil-staff and pupil-pupil relationships
  • Policies are based on the needs and suggestions of pupils and are therefore effective
  • More inclusive schools, where all pupils are encouraged and supported to contribute
  • Increased opportunity for pupils to develop personal, social and communication skills

Here at Bunbury Aldersey CE Primary School, we believe that our children are the most important people and we endeavour to give ALL children lots of opportunities to share their thoughts and opinions and play an active role in the decisions that affect their learning and well-being.

We have lots of ways that the children can do this formally, such as through the school council, ethos committee, lunchtime assistants, play leaders, pupil questionnaires and writing their own school newspaper for Schools Fest. However we also want to create an ethos that allows the children to regularly share their opinions in an informal way, in class and also to Mrs Badger. Mrs Badgers' door is always open to children (and staff!). This year several of our Year 6 pupils have initiated their own committees based on their believes and feelings about what the school 'currently needs.' In response to supporting all children during school playtimes we have a "Include, don't Exclude committee" led by Year 6 and an Eco Committee inspired by the work of COP 26. Both groups have been able to talk with pupils within school and our Eco Committee recently presented to our LGC.

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Every September the children in Year 6 are invited to apply for the role of one of our Head Pupils - Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy and Girl. Every applicant is asked to write a letter of application explaining what they would like to achieve as one of our Head Pupils. The school community, including the children and staff are asked tovote for the candidate they feel will have the most impact.  During the year they undertake a range of different activities from leading parts of celebration worship, leading school tours for prospective parents as well as leading the school council on making decisions about how the school should develop. They will be working on tasks which will help them to transform our society and inspire others to do the same – in school and in our local community. 

Once elected the Head Pupils work closely with Mrs Smith and our school council to improve things in school for all the children.

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Our Ethos team work with Miss Porter and Miss Hickson to support our Christian school ethos. As a team they help share our school vision, ethos and Christian distinctiveness through a variety of exciting opportunities, such as leading Collective Worship, leading learning walks, organising school displays and meeting with other Ethos Teams within our trust.  

 

The school supports both local and national charities across a variety of sectors which I think is great. I've also been impressed at the school creating an environmental group to become greener after a request from a pupil. It shows you will listen and pay attention to causes the pupils believe in or feel passionate about.

Parent School Ethos Survey December 2021.

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Bunbury Aldersey CE Primary School

School Lane, Bunbury Cheshire CW6 9NR

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