Our approach to pupil voice has three objectives:
- To give children a say in how the school is run
- To provide the opportunity for children to hold positions of responsibility
- To give children experience of applying for roles and being interviewed
Head Pupils & Prefects
Prefects support the Head Pupils and act as role models for the rest of the school. Prefects ensure the school is a tidy, safe and friendly environment. Head pupils are responsible for the management of the prefects. To become a prefect, pupils apply to the Year 6 Team, stating why they would like the role and the virtues they would demonstrate. Then, as part of the International Day of Democracy, pupils from across Ark Tindal vote for who they would like to see elected. Prefects, along with the Head Pupils, meet with the senior leadership team to support school improvement and ensure all decision making is informed by pupil voice.
School council reps are responsible for communicating pupil voice from their classroom, providing a meaningful way in which pupils can voice their opinions and have their views taken into account in decisions which impact upon them. To become a school council representative, pupils explain why they would make a good school councillor to their peers, who then vote on who they think would be the most effective representative. The school council meets regularly and during their meetings, they discuss ongoing pupil views, problem solve and support with the planning of larger projects within the school.
Play leaders are nominated by their class teacher and attend specialised training to ensure they are well equipped to carry out the role. Play leaders support their peers during break and lunch through teaching and facilitating games whilst ensuring pupils feel happy, safe and included.
Class librarians are responsible for ensuring class library sessions run effectively. They support the teacher to help pupils take out books and help to promote a calm, tidy and orderly environment when their class are visiting. They are also experts with where to find specific genres and are able to recommend some fantastic books for their peers. To become a class librarian, pupils apply to their class teacher, stating why they would like the role and the virtues they will demonstrate.
The eco-council are responsible for promoting sustainability throughout the school. Eco-councillors have strong sense of responsibility for wanting to help the environment and encourage peers to take actions such as: tidying rubbish away, recycling, turning off the lights/board when not in use, reducing plastic use and creating reminders around the school to promote sustainability. To become an eco-councillor, pupils should apply to their class teacher, stating why they would like the role, why sustainability is important and the virtues they will demonstrate.