Democracy is richly embedded within our school. Children, parents and staff have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. Democracy is central to how our school operates.
Our children are listened to and are taught to listen carefully to others. Children are taught to respect the right individuals to have their voices and opinions heard. They are taught to discuss issues in a balanced and calm way and make a meaningful contribution to the running of the school on matters that directly involve them. Children also have the opportunity to have their voices heard through pupil questionnaires and pupil surveys.
As part of the election of school councillors and the Junior Leadership Team for the following committees:
Our children learn about Democracy. The election of the School Council members and Junior Leadership Team, reflects our British electoral system and demonstrates democracy in action. Each school councillor, and JLT member, delivers a speech to the class, class members consider characteristics important for an elected representative, members of the class then vote for whom they believe will deliver on the pledges using a ballot box. Each council is made up of two representatives from each year group. School Councillors meet regularly, to discuss ideas put forward by their classes and how they can help to further improve their school.
The different councils have their own budget and are able to effect change within the school; in the past, the School Council has planned playground markings and chosen the school logo, developed the school’s woodland and nature areas within the grounds.
Another example of ‘pupil voice’ is nominating the charities that will be supported over the academic year.
The principle of democracy is explored in the curriculum. The school behaviour and rewards policy involves rewards which pupils have discussed. Saltersgate Junior School actively involves children in the recruitment process of new staff.
Children are encouraged to take ownership of not only their school but also of their own learning and progress. This encourages a sense of personal and social responsibility and is demonstrated on a daily basis by our children.