The term ‘pupil voice’ refers to ways of listening to the views of pupils and/or involving them in decision-making. You may also hear the expressions ‘learner voice’ or ‘consulting pupils’. At Skinners’ Kent Primary School we believe pupils benefit hugely from active participation within the school community, we teach them that their views are important and empower them to influence and inform decisions that affect their lives.
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 - developing skills such as co-operation and communication and encourage them to take responsibility.
• It contributes to achievement and attainment - young people involved in participative work benefit in a range of different ways. Increased confidence, self-respect, competence and an improved sense of responsibility have all been reported by young people who contribute in school. This can also increase motivation and engagement within learning.
Please see below some of the projects we have run or are running and opportunities we provide to actively encourage pupil voice.
The pupils at SKPS are proud to be a member of our school. Each week pupils volunteer their peers who have shown the school values during that week.
Week ending 22nd September 2017This week our focus value was cooperation. We have learned that it is all about working together.
Ben nominated Leah from Beech class. She showed cooperation by helping him with his work when he got stuck, showing him what he needed to do.
Charlie nominated Maya and Millie from Cherry class. He noticed they were working well together during a research lesson to produce their poster as a team.
Lucy nominated Jessica from Holly class. Jessica cooperated with Lucy when she was hurt, helping her to find an adult to make her better.
Teaching British Values