The Pupil Forum is a consultative body composed of all pupils and members of staff within the school. Ten vertically integrated groups discuss topics pertinent to the school improvement priorities. The meetings are chaired by Year 6 pupils and minutes are taken by a staff facilitator. The key findings and action points are summarised by the Headteacher and communicated to the school at pupil forum feedback assemblies. Feedback on all the topics discussed can be found on the ‘Pupils’ page of this website. Action points are incorporated into the school’s forward planning and implemented where appropriate.
Follow the link for the feedback from a recent Pupil Forum meeting on the subject of ‘British Values’: Pupil Forum feedback British Values
Therefore, the Pupil Forum plays a meaningful role in effecting change within the school community. Children feel that their opinions are being listened to and that their ideas come to fruition. A children’s version of the School Improvement Plan is discussed annually at Pupil Forum meetings.
Elections involving all pupils and staff take place annually to appoint the Head Boy and Head Girl. Prospective candidates present their manifestoes in assembly and canvass for votes. Elections are also held to replicate General Elections and other democratic processes; for example the Scottish referendum and the vote to stay in or exit the EU.
Pupil and staff questionnaires occur annually to elicit views and opinions on all aspects of school life. The findings are presented to the school and governors and incorporated into school improvement planning.
The Tree of Change: during the Autumn Term 2015, all members of the community (pupils, staff, governors and parents) engaged in a comprehensive school improvement consultation exercise, facilitated by an external professional development officer. Participants were requested to work in groups to highlight pictorially the school community’s ‘strengths’ and ‘desires’. The findings were communicated to all constituencies and the thinking rationalised by the Leadership Team and used to inform the composition of the revised School improvement Plan.
PSHE assemblies focus on fundamental values and operate on a two weekly cycle. The Headteacher delivers a story (told or acted out without notes) in order to engender high level speaking and listening skills. Differentiated critical thinking tasks are set for each class. Focus topics during 2015-16 have included ‘Fair Play’; ‘Connecting with the inside of people’; ‘Justice’; ‘The Soul Bird’; ‘Happiness’; ‘Service to others’; ‘Participate, Enjoy, Succeed’.
Global Learning assemblies develop critical thinking and questioning skills, empathy and cultural appreciation in relation to global issues like poverty, inequality, sustainability and paternalism. They are designed to promote a culture of tolerance, fairness, respect and interdependence as children grow into global citizens.