We believe Pupil voice is powerful – it builds a true sense of community as children are championed to take their skills and involve themselves in pertinent discussions around the direction of the school. As well as providing children with a great deal of responsibility, it nurtures collaboration, leadership, negotiation skills and fosters postive behaviour.
At St.Theresa's, pupils are empowered to speak their mind about their education. They tell us how they like to learn, weigh up the value in what we teach and even provide tips for us as educators and school leaders. This is done through our school council, through regular discussions with subject leaders, class discussions about whole school practices and procedures, alongside informal chats which builds trust and relationships between all involved.
In a recent whole school pupil voice activity, we discovered that:
- 94% of our pupils feel safe in school most or all of the time
- 94% of our pupils know who to talk to if they feel sad most or all of the time
- 92% are happy in school most or all of the time
- 99% try their best in school
- 98% show care and respect to other children and adults
- 97% know they are praised most or all of the time
- 97% listen to other children and value thir opinions
Some of the comments made during this activity were:
"I love St. Theresa's because we are always loving and forgiving." Year 6
" I like that there is always someone to talk to if you are upset." Year 6
"I like school. I appreciate all that the teachers do for me." Year 4
"I love this school." Year 2
"We help each other and have lots of fun." Year 1