At St Elisabeth's we believe that Pupil Voice is a central element to both informing and evaluating school improvement. We are constantly seeking the views of the children from everyday feedback on the curriculum and approach to learning to annual whole-school pupil surveys which form a key part of our school self-evaluation. This is supported by the following formal structures which provide a framework for pupil voice at St Elisabeth's:
From Year 1, two members of the class, a girl and a boy, are elected by their peers to represent their class as School Councillors. Each half term, classes hold a Class Council meeting (within their classroom); the questions to be discussed are usually decided by the children. Each School Councillor will lead the Class Council session and record their classes' ideas and answers to the questions posed.
Throughout the year there are School Council meetings where each of the Class Council's feedback from classes are discussed. Each School Councillor has an opportunity to speak. This information is then disseminated to the relevant parties and the minutes are displayed on the School Council noticeboard.
Projects that the School Council have been involved in, include improving lunchtimes, finding out more about children's thoughts on our anti-bullying policy, deciding on the best design for our Gold Award winners for the Celebration Assembly, taking part in our charity appeals and much more. As a School Councillor, the children will also have a role in developing and improving our playground facilities and promotion of the British Values around school.