At Malorees we believe it is very important that children develop confidence to develop ideas, work collaboratively and also speak up as an individual to influence developments at the schools.
Infant School Council
The Infant School Council's aim is to make the school a better place. A girl and a boy from each class are elected by the class in a secret ballot. School Councillors need to be good listeners and problem solvers with plenty of good ideas.
Junior School Council
At Malorees Junior School, we believe it is important for our children to play an active role in their school. It is the responsibility of the School Council to listen to, and represent the views of their fellow pupils.
The children, from year 3 to 6, are elected by their peers, following the sharing of a simple manifesto. Successful children are selected by their peers in a ballot. They hold the position for a year and attend regular meetings. They consult with their peers about issues directly from the school community as well as considering national and global campaigns. Their contributions play an important role in school improvement at Malorees.
The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of a school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos. A rights-respecting school not only teaches about children’s rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between teachers / adults and pupils, between adults and between pupils. For further information see www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa
Listening to children, Pupil Voice
We know that the only way we really find out if a child is happy , feeling safe and taking part in the full life of our community is for the school to be certain that it hears the voices of children, especially those most vulnerable. As a Rights Respecting school we take the child’s right to be heard very seriously.
We make sure that we listen to children in our school and respond to what they say in a number of ways, including:
- clear policies and systems to support children in expressing any worries or concerns that they have: giving children the right to choose a preferred adult to talk to;
- talking to children and/or groups of children to understand their experience of the lessons;
- inviting children to make personal contributions to their Annual Review meetings, for example;
- doing an annual pupil questionnaire – giving children their say;
- encouraging children to respond to feedback given through developmental marking;
- agreeing with them individual ‘next steps’ in their work;
- making sure that our School Council is inclusive and represents the whole of our community;
- ensuring that our safeguarding procedures are strong and that all staff are well trained.