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Pupil Voice

Pupil Leaders

Pupil Leadership Quotes from Reports

“A range of pupil voice mechanisms exists to empower pupil participation. School councillors and RRS Warriors are elected by their peers. In addition, pupils can participate as Eco Warriors and Road Safety Officers. A recent pupil survey shows that 98% of children believe their opinions are listened to” (RRS Level 2 Award: July 2013).

Children are partners in the running of the school and pupil participation is highly valued”  (IQM Report, July 2013).

“Pupil Advocates carry out their roles responsibly, acting as good role models to younger pupils” (Ofsted 2012)

Pupil Leadership: nurturing good student leaders is an important element of David Livingstone Academy’s success as a school. Our pupils readily take on leadership roles. Our Pupil Advocates, School Council, ECO Warriors, JRSOs and RRS Warriors contribute to the direction of the school with confidence and success. We are very proud of them; they are a strength of DLA.

Pupil Advocates: our Year 6 students (our Leaders class) are encouraged to take greater responsibility and to contribute positively both to the school and wider community. Pupil advocates is one part of this system. We have Tour Guides, Lunchtime Leaders, Environmental Patrollers, Games Directors, Fronter/web designers and Librarians. Our Tour Guides recently gave a tour of DLA to the Rt Hons David Laws, who was impressed with their knowledge and passion.

 The Role

  • To act as a role model.
  • To ensure all school rules are adhered to
  • To undertake different responsibilities and duties.
  • To show visitors around the school.
  • To perform wet play duties.
  • To assist with the lunch system.
  • To work on the Pupil Advocacy Fronter page.
  • To ensure the library is tidy at all times and to read with children throughout the school.
  • To water our plants  each day inside the school environment and outside when it’s a hot day.
  • To keep an eye on potential health and safety risks and report them to a member of staff immediately, in particular untidy cloakroom.
  • Find friends for children who are lonely.
  • Encourage children to try out playing different games.
  • Initiate games for children to play.
  • To attend school events when required.
  • To attend all meetings as required.
  • To attend meetings with the Leadership Team,
  • To write articles for the newsletter.

Rights Respecting Schools

At David Livingstone, we are a Rights Respecting School, having achieved our Level 2 status in July 2013.

“It was particularly notable that children and adults alike have a strong bond of respect and affection, many describing the school community as ‘family’ “

The Rights Respecting Schools initiative has been developed by UNICEF, an organisation which focuses on the rights of every child. Their aim is to protect each child in the world and help them to have their basic needs met in order to achieve their full potential.

The UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child) sets out the rights which every child is entitled to. There are 42 articles within the convention which covers all areas of a child’s life such as education,emotional and social development and protection.

Within our school, RRS is embedded throughout our ethos, policies and curriculum, helping everyone to learn about their rights and responsibilities and ultimately providing the tools and strategies to respect these for themselves and others. All children have the responsibility to respect each other’s rights. All staff have the responsibility to respect and provide for the rights of the children and support those in need. We not only think about the rights of those in our own school, but also those in our community, country and worldwide. This helps the children to consider a wide range of issues, not least, to develop an understanding of their global citizenship.

Each week, every class follows a basic lesson structure which is planned by the RRS Leader for the whole school each half term. Teachers then adapt this to suit the needs of their class and to fit in with the decisions and ideas gathered from their children. It is important to feedback on the thoughts of a child so that it helps them to understand better the topics that are covered.

The planning follows a two year cycle which consists of 12 key values which we believe are important for the children to learn about. These are linked to a variety of situations which affect themselves in school, at home, in their communities and worldwide. They give the children the opportunity to develop their knowledge of how they can make a difference to others and how everyone is entitled to their rights, explaining how this impacts on our lives.

 

Please click on the links:

Rights Respecting School Award, Assessment Report, Level 2