The Pupil Council serves as the voice of the children. It is an elected body consisting of two groups of children: those in Key Stage 2 (7–11 years) and children in Key Stage 1 (5–7 years). Pupil representatives are given an opportunity to put forward their views about the school – the things they like and also, what they feel could be improved. They are given a genuine stake in decision-making at our school.
The Pupil Council has representatives from each class. These elected representatives – one boy and one girl – meet each half term to discuss issues that have been raised by their class. When planning new whole school developments, the Pupil Council are consulted – their ideas, views and opinions are sought. The children’s views and their concerns are always taken very seriously.
Currently, the pupil council is operating in two coordinated groups, one of UKS2 children (Year 5 and 6) and one for LKS2 (Year 3 and 4). Remote learning has meant there is now a dedicated Teams page where the children can discuss ideas, videos can be hosted and it will enable virtual council meetings to be held.
Food focus group
As a part of our school’s work on Pupil Voice, two other children from each class are also elected as members of the Food Focus Group. These children meet with Mr Brookes and our catering providers, Caterlink, for the opportunity to feedback on school meals. The food options and lunch experience that the children have are discussed in collaborative meetings. The meetings allow our caterers to share future menu ideas, as well as the children being able to share their own thoughts and feelings on what is being provided and what they’d like to see. The meetings are open, productive and, much like pupil council, give children a genuine stake in how their school is operating.
Both the Pupil Council and Food Focus Group are overseen by Mr Brookes who also leads on matters connected to diversity and equality within the curriculum. A new role within Barnes Primary School, among other things this has covered areas like the school’s Black History Month and a school-wide Martin Luther King Day remote learning project. It also includes the school’s new Language of the Week initiative to celebrate the many languages other than English spoken by families in our Barnes community.
At Barnes Primary School we want all of our children to have a voice. We are an open and inclusive school and through these groups and initiatives, we want our children to feel comfortable expressing themselves and knowing they can do this in a safe and supportive environment.
Collaboration between colleagues on this work has been key and has been aided by a newly set-up working group, made up of staff from across the school. Likewise, our parents and wider school community have a pivotal role to play and have already aided this by fundraising for a Black History Book Corner.
If you would like to support, contribute to Language of the Week or simply find out more about Pupil Voice at Barnes Primary please don’t hesitate to contact Mr Brookes: firstname.lastname@example.org