Children at Welton are encouraged to have a voice that is both effective and considered.
They learn to make informed choices and express their opinions carefully. The collaboration in classrooms, thinking skills and debates help the children consider, express and reflect so that they use their voice effectively.
All children are given opportunities to express an opinion, whether this is through some choices in the classroom, the playground or across the whole schoool.
There are several Pupil Voice Clubs which help develop these skills and feedback is shared with the whole school.
Selected children have recently talked about Anti Bullying, British Values and Teaching and Learning so that the school can look at policies and strategies through the eyes of a child.
The School Council are an elected group of children, who explore whole school focuses and then lead a discussion back in the classrooms. They have a suggestion box for other children to offer other 'bright ideas' for them to discuss.
The SEAL Spies are a randomly selected pupil voice group who try to 'catch children' demonstrating postive attitudes around the school. They will learn to articulate what this good behaviour looks like. They will suggest ways to keep the focus on expectations high and positive.
Peer Mentors use their 'voice' to model postive language and support for other children during playtimes and support children who are worried. They will give ideas to other chldren so that they have pleasant and meaningful play opportunities.
The role of the Peer Mentors is to provide a safe opportunity for pupils to share their worries or concerns and offer suggestions about the next steps they could undertake. This year, we had huge interest from the pupils who wanted to be Peer Mentors and after much consideration, 21 new recruits were selected. Almost immediately, the Peer Mentors began their duties, during morning break and lunch times, offering a place for pupils to go and talk about their worries or concerns. While the Peer Mentors are not able to solve children’s problems, they provide a safe space for pupils to express their concerns and may offer advice on their next steps. Throughout the Autumn Term, the Peer Mentors have been working hard to gain an understanding of their role and have, in regular meetings, discussed their roles and the difficulties they might face. After Christmas, the children will begin more focused training to develop skills of listening and an understanding of empathy.
School Councillors spoke to their peers about how they could help make the school a greener place. Ideas from the pupils were shortlisted at our Pupil Council meeting and the Pupil Council agreed on setting up a new recycling system in school. The Pupil Council members asked pupils if they were interested in becoming an Eco Member (as part of the new recycling system). Pupils who were interested were provided with two short training sessions and now have duties every Friday lunchtime. Members currently go into classrooms during break time, checking to see whether classes have been recycling. During their duty, Eco Members look for evidence of recycling taking place within the classroom. If they find evidence, then the class will receive points. The class with the most points over the term will receive a certificate.
Other pupils around school have been creating posters, providing children with information on how they can contribute towards recycling in and around school. The system has been very positive and pupils are actively thinking of ways they can contribute towards making the school a greener place.