Pupil Voice is one of the ways by which we ensure the children are placed at the heart of all that we do at Travis St Lawrence.
Discussion boards, voting opportunities and other forms of opinion sharing feature widely across the school, for we believe understanding children’s perceptions of their educational experiences helps us effectively impact on student engagement and achievement.
More formally, Pupil Voice operates by means of an action group, formed primarily of children in KS2, who are able to gather, express and act upon interests, requests and suggestions as put forward by the children from all year groups. Meetings are held, chaired and recorded as required by members of the group to organise and enact, re-evaluate and feedback on projects undertaken. Often, other children, along with governors and Friends of Travis where necessary, are sought out to support bigger endeavours.
The processes involved in being part of the Student Voice group (from election promises and communicating effectively, to chairing meetings and handling money), enhance a wide range of skills required in holding representative responsibilities; skills that enable children to interact with the adult world and develop a foundation that they can build upon throughout their lives. Children around the school come to learn that their opinions are of value, that their voices can and should be heard, and that their suggestions do have merit.
In recent years the Pupil Voice group has:
- Raised and spent money on developing school resources, including benches, lunch fridges and TrimTrail safety;
- Decided on the details of charity events (e.g. Super Hero day)
- Promoted the love of reading by hosting Book Swap events
- Sought the opinions of children regarding every day life in school with a view to considering adapting and improving a range of aspects such as homework, extension challenges, wider-curriculum opportunities, break-times, behaviour and lesson styles;
- Interviewed candidates for teaching and leadership posts.