As part of our life skills and citizenship curriculum, the children learn about the idea of democracy through a variety of contexts including electing School Council representatives through a democratic process. We embody equality, fairness and a right to pupil voice as part of our school ethos. As part of our PSHE and SMSC curriculum, the children learn about the structure of who is in charge in our area in order to contact them, in addition to understanding the need to and right to campaign for what we believe in. Our School Council, which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in ‘class council’ discussions, is able to genuinely effect change within the school. Council members and members of our Eco Warriors Team for each class are voted in by their class. Members of the Junior Leadership Team (JLT) help interview all candidates for jobs in the school and their opinions are important.
At the start of each academic year, we also elect Co-Chairs of the JLT. These children present to the whole school about why they believe that they would be the best person for the job and are interviewed by the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. The Co-Chairs regularly report back to the school’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT) on behalf of the children at King Athelstan.
Children complete an annual questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school and pupils contribute to subject leaders pupil voice surveys on a biweekly bases.