Democracy

Children, parents and staff have many opportunities for their voices to be heard at Repton Manor Primary school. Democracy is central to how we operate.

An obvious example is our School Council. The election of the School Council members reflects our British electoral system and demonstrates democracy in action: candidates make speeches, pupils consider characteristics important for an elected representative, pupils vote in secret using ballot boxes etc. Made up of two representatives from each class, the School Council meets regularly to discuss issues raised by the different classes and to make decisions on wider school issues such as the Behaviour Policy. The School Council genuinely effect change within our school; in the past, the School Council has taken part in lesson observations and feedback, completed book looks and planned play areas within the school.

In addition, we have also held a mock General Election in order to reinforce the systems used in Britain.  The children in Year 6 set up their own parties, wrote their own manifestos and the rest of the school voted for the party that they felt would best govern our school.

  • Other examples of ‘pupil voice’ are:
  • Children have input into our interview process through giving lesson feedback.
  • Children are fundamental in devising the behaviour, curriculum and assessment policies.
  • Using Pupil Feedback forms, children are asked to respond and reflect on the teaching and learning.
  • Children help to raise money for their class and decide together where to spend that money.  This is through enterprise projects within the curriculum and running stalls, which they have planned and set up, at the Christmas and Summer fayres.
  • The children have been involved in wider community projects. One example of this is where they helped to choose the name of our neighbouring community centre through a vote.
  • Children have recently trialled planning their own week of learning through ‘the thousand hour’ project.  They voted on an act of kindness and planned their learning to enable this act.
  • Our children plan their learning for their school topics.
  • Through our ethos, our entire staff know our children very well and continue to form positive relationships with families.
  • Our children are key in showing our new families and potential candidates around the school.
  • Personalised pupil targets which are set with the children in Tutorials.

Examples of ‘parent voice’ are:

  • Parent Focus Group.
  • Parent View.
  • Parent Questionnaires.
  • Open door policy with regular contact with class teachers.
  • Parent evenings.

Examples of ‘staff voice are:

  • Contributions towards the school behaviour, assessment and learning policies.
  • Staff ideas to develop our curriculum.
  • Staff questionnaires.
  • Staff meetings, phase meetings, senior Leadership meetings.
  • Performance managements.
  • Development of School Plan.

Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. We encourage pupils to take ownership of not only their school but also their own learning and progress. This encourages a heightened sense of both personal and social responsibility and is demonstrated on a daily basis by our pupils.