The children in our school are the most important people! As such, they have lots of opportunities to share their thoughts on school issues – both formally and informally! Mr. Dent’s door is always open for both children and adults!
The main aim of the School Council is to help to make our school a better place for the children and to give us an opportunity to have our opinions and ideas heard. Each class from Year One upwards has two representatives who are elected every year.
At the first meeting of the year the important roles and jobs are selected and Mrs Anderson helps us to conduct our meetings.
The class representatives tell the children in their classes what has been discussed at each meeting and the children can ask the representatives to take forward their ideas to the next meeting.
Everybody gets a fair say in the meeting and nobody gets left out.
In our school we have eight pupils who have been properly 'trained' as Buddies by the Anti Bullying Service within Durham County Council. Trained Buddies are skilled at helping the children to work and play together in school and to recognise when some children are having difficult times in the playground.
Our 'Buddy Bench' is where children sit when they would like the Buddies to help them.
Mini-Buds are also trained similarly to the Buddies and they assist the children in Reception, Year One and Year Two.
Peer Mediators are also trained by the staff. They are a group of children who are trained at helping children to sort out their problems and differences by attending special meetings. By taking turns, the people who have had a disagreement listens to the other person's viewpoint and they decide (with the help of the Peer Mediators) the best way forward.
Pupil Led School Initiative Groups
Currently, we are working with pupils to develop their ideas to improve key improvement areas of our work - in particular we have a new 'Raven Readers' group, who are working to raise the profile of reading across our school. They have already launched competitions, organised a 'Readathon' and designed 'Great Reading' stickers. Great work!
Children are also consulted regarding other key issues in school, such school meals (School Nutrition Action Group) and they meet with governors regularly to discuss their issues to address!
Pupil Questionnaire: Below, are also our latest Pupil Questionnaire results. Children in Years 1 - 6 completed the questionnaire - which shows a high satisfaction rating of school by our pupils... We were delighted with the pupil responses - but we are going for 100% next time!
Click below to see the full results and pupil poster to explain the findings!