School Council – Giving children a voice
We are a child-centred school, where every child genuinely has a voice in their life and learning. We are continuing to develop our 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 Teams and Class Meetings. The aim is to get as many children involved as possible, giving the children ownership, responsibility and above all, A VOICE.
Class Meetings 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 ensures a whole school involvement and re-enforces our child-centred approach – the importance of ‘pupil voice’ at The Mill.
Mrs Ahmad – Pupil Champion Leader
As a Young Interpreter (YI), our role is to help children learn English. These particular children are classed as ‘EAL’, which means ‘English as an Additional Language’. As part of our support we are paired up with EAL children from all year groups and we meet them each week. During the meetings, we talk about difficulties that have come up over the week and also share praises about the successes the children have had. Though this responsibility is important, it doesn’t and shouldn’t clash with our learning.
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 Young Interpreter leaders what we have been up to.
Stephanie Parkinson – Young Interpreters Leader