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Pupil Voice & Leadership

At Pinhoe CE VA Primary School we believe that pupils should have the opportunity to have a say about decisions that affect them within school. In line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, we recognise that children have rights, including the right to have their opinions taken into account in decisions that concern them. Pupil voice can contribute to preparation for citizenship by improving pupils’ knowledge and social skills (such as cooperation and communication) and, in doing so, enhance the quality of democracy.
We also believe that having influence and ‘a voice’ contributes positively to the mental health and wellbeing of our pupils. We facilitate all children to have authentic involvement in pupil voice through class-based and whole school-based activities.
Opportunities for Pupil Voice:
Class-based opportunities include: children choosing tracker time activities; input into topic choices; collaboratively constructing class rules and input into end-of-unit celebrations.
School-based opportunities for pupil voice include: school council representatives; house captains; digital leaders; librarians; learning coaches; wildlife champions; playground penguins; the ethos committee; Y6 mentors; Pinhoe rangers and Mindfulness Ambassadors. Whenever possible, children are encouraged to take part in community projects, which promote active citizenship. For example, raising awareness of dementia following discussions with the residents and staff at Greentree Court; raising funds for school equipment; fundraisers for charities chosen by the children; collecting items for the homeless. Children have the opportunity to take active roles in our cross-phase project with St Peter’s School and a school in Malawi.