School Council – Giving children a voice
We are a child-centred school, where every child genuinely has a voice in their life and learning. This year, we are developing a new school council based on the Smart School Council Model. It is a model which has been tried, tested and proved successful in many schools nationally. It consists of 3 main elements – a Communications Team, Action Te ams and Class Meetings. The aim is to get as many children involved as possible, giving the children ownership, responsibility and above all, A VOICE. Our aim is to get a variety of Action Groups set up, which will be child led and sponsored by an adult. This can be a Teacher, TA, Governor or a parent. It will be a means for the children to make a positive contribution to the continued improvement of the school. Class Meetings will take place regularly with a set agenda and run by all the children in class. They will decide on a ‘Question of the week’ and become involved in the discussions. This will ensure a whole school involvement and will re-inforce our child-centred approach the importance of ‘pupil voice’ at The Mill.
Throughout the year, we will be raising money for charity and holding a number of fund raising events.
We have a Chairman and Vice Chairman who are the head of school council. We also have a ‘Pupil Champion’ teacher – Mrs Gordon, along with other amazing teachers and teaching assistants.
As a Young Interpreter (YI), our role is to help children learn English. These particular children are called EALs, which means ‘English is an Additional Language’ for them. Amazingly, we also arrange meetings to host events, which helps them learn new English. Usually, the children are paired up with Interpreters who speak their language but we also have English volunteers too. We use a set plan to help us understand what we are meant to do throughout the week and it informs our incredible YI leaders what we have been up to.
Emma Gordon (EAL Leader)
This year, we have a lot of new Young Interpreters and even have some Year 2s. We now have 18 Young Interpreters in total, which we are extremely proud of, and we do a fabulous and valuable role throughout the school.
During the meetings, we talk about issues that get out of hand and we also share praises about the children we support. Though this responsibility is important, it doesn’t and shouldn’t clash with our learning.