Every year we have a Pupil Voice Leaders' party at Green Zone to celebrate a great year!
Why do we have Pupil Voice?
Pupil Voice provides the opportunity for every child in Sandown school to have a voice. It embodies our school value of Collaboration and ensures that every single pupil at Sandown plays a vital role in decision making and moving our school forwards.
Last year the Pupil Voice groups took part in many discussions including maths, literacy learning, next step targets, the school values and whole school topics. The leaders also met with Governors and head teachers from other Deal schools to discuss what they do and why it is important.
How does Pupil Voice work?
Pupil Voice sessions are run once a term (6 times a year) by elected Pupil Voice Leaders. A Pupil Voice session lasts for approx. 30 minutes, depending on the activity. Prior to each session an agenda is set by the Pupil Voice leaders which mirrors many items that appear on Staff Meeting agendas and Senior Leadership agendas. These may include school development priorities, reviews of existing school policies and systems and planning future ideas. The entire school is divided into sixteen Pupil Voice groups. There are four school houses and each house is divided into four Pupil Voice groups, e.g. Owls 1, Owls 2, Owls 3 and Owls 4.
How many Pupil Voice leaders are there?
There are between two and four (year 5 and 6) Pupil Voice Leaders for each of the Pupil Voice groups and they lead their group in discussion. All children have the opportunity to discuss their ideas of how to make Sandown an even better place to learn. The leaders then share the ideas with the adults within the school community and then collaborate with all school stakeholders to move the ideas forward and make them a reality.
Sample Pupil Voice agendas and minutes:
Pupil voice leaders visited the Houses of Parliament to see for ourselves, how democracy really works!