Pupils as Leaders
At Earlsfield, we have a wide range of pupil groups, most of which are self-selected. There are also some pupil groups which are put together by staff, such as the Arts Council and the House Captains. Pupils are encouraged to apply for a role in a group at the beginning of the academic year.
These groups include:
SMART Digital Leaders / Digital Leaders
Once children have decided to apply for a role in a pupil group, they write a manifesto to explain why they would be suitable for the role. This is shared with their class or with the adult who oversees the pupil group. If the role is selected by peers, a private vote is carried out by their classmates to determine who will represent them in that particular pupil group.
Over the year, an adult will support the pupil group in their role around the school, giving guidance when needed. The aim is that the children in the pupil group will lead themselves. Each pupil group gives a half-termly update to the Pupil Voice co-ordinator who shares this with stakeholders. The group is also responsible for updating the Pupils as Leaders display board to enable the rest of the school to see the activities and work the group does.
Pupil Voice for Change
Subject leaders will perform pupil voice at different points throughout the year to gather pupil opinions about their subject. Pupil Voice will be carried out when it is relevant and necessary to support subject leaders to implement changes or to evaluate current practice. The questions asked are related to the School Development Plan or to the Subject Action Plan. Subject Leaders conducting pupil voice have a specific document to complete to ensure consistency across the school, as well as a guidance document to support them in conducting pupil voice.
It is important that children understand their role in pupil voice and therefore subject leaders will ensure they explain to the pupils how they will use their answers and opinions. Subject leaders will also share the outcomes of the pupil voice with the interviewed group, as well as the wider school so that all the children can see how pupil opinions are valued and used to improve and change their learning.
Pupil Voice will be collated by the Pupil Voice subject leader termly, in order to look for patterns and key themes that emerge. This will then be shared with staff and actions will be taken if necessary.
Pupil Voice surveys are conducted and analysed towards the end of each academic year. All pupils take the survey, giving a good overview of pupils’ views about the school. Negative opinions are taken seriously and children are met with to investigate their concerns or feelings in more detail.
The One Voice Board in the school reception area displays the views and opinions of a range of stakeholders: staff, pupils and the community. The other pupil voice boards are regularly updated and the pupils in the pupil groups will be able to talk about the work their group has carried out.
Subject leaders use pupil voice to evaluate their subject and to make changes to their practice. Children will be able to talk about changes and things that have been put in place because of what pupils have said.
Pupil surveys are analysed and the overall picture helps us to think about priorities for the coming year.
Where would you find Pupil Voice at Earlsfield?
The School Council display board is used to inform the school community about the actions and outcomes of the School Council.
At the start of the year, the School Council creates an Action Plan, which is displayed all year in the ‘Our priorities’ section. A photo of all members is also on the board for the year. The section titles ‘Our work’ is updated regularly showing what the School Council is currently working on, or to celebrate outcomes and achievements. For example, in this photo, a letter from a local charity thanking the School Council for their donation is displayed. The members of School Council are encouraged to decide what is going to be put on the board. There is also a section to remind School Council members when the next meeting is being held.
The Pupils as Leaders board gives each pupil-led group space to display their actions and outcomes. Groups use photos and short blurbs to inform the school community of what they have been working on. This board is updated regularly, at least once a half term and the pupils in each group are encouraged to decide what is displayed. The board is in the main hall, where lots of the school community can see it.
The ‘One Voice’ board was created to share the thoughts of our school community. The board is displayed in the reception area of the school where all members of our school community, as well as visitors, have an opportunity to see it. In the ‘Our pupils say’ section, quotes are taken from the end of year pupil surveys and subject leader pupil voice interviews. The staff quotes are taken from staff surveys and from general comments throughout the year. The ‘Our community’ section is for visitors, parents and school governors and we get this information from feedback forms after events (Drop In and Join In), surveys and emails and letters sent to the school.
This board is updated termly with a variety of different voices used each time.