At St. Paul’s, we aim to engage pupils as active participants in their education and in making a positive contribution to their school and local community.
The DfE believe that children and young people should have opportunities to express their opinion in matters that affect their lives.
At St. Paul’s, we strongly agree with this statement and involve all our pupils in the decision-making process of our school. We do this, as we believe all pupils have the right to have their voice heard.
At St. Paul’s, we have our very own Youth Parliament in the form of School Council. School Council encourages pupils to become active participants in a democratic society, develop skills such as co-operation and communication and represent the views of their peers. Class representatives are elected from Year 3 to Year 6 and all members meet weekly to plan how to make our school an even better place.
To encourage our School Council members to truly understand the importance of their
voice, we visit the Houses of Parliament every year. During this visit, all members have a tour of the beautiful building and partake in a workshop that demonstrates how each and every person in the world has the right to be heard. The children learn different ways in which they can effectively let themselves be heard, and then bring this knowledge back to the rest of the children in the school.
School Council are an integral part of St. Paul’s to ensure the children’s voices and opinions are heard, acted upon and represented.
This term the school council are interviewing KS1 and KS2 children about their reading for pleasure preferences and their views on what they would like our main school library to have within it.
School Council Meeting Minutes