Trinity Church of England Primary School

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Pupil Voice

At Trinity Church of England Primary School, ‘Pupil Voice’ means a whole-school commitment to listening to the views, wishes and experiences of all children and young people; in other words: placing value on what children and young people tell school staff about their experiences. We believe that our children need to be provided with meaningful opportunities to share their experiences, views and hopes about their school, for example what is working and what needs to be improved. It is important that our children know that it is safe and that it is important for them to express their views about what happens at school. In addition, it is imperative that children know that what they say is valued and will be listened to and considered.

Article 12 in The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that, ‘Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously’ (UNICEF 1992). We strongly support this ethos at Trinity. The children at Trinity see democracy celebrated and practised in a variety of ways. We have an elected School Council which represents pupil voice in the school. The school has a tradition of a house system named after accomplished famous people from a range of backgrounds in England. As part of this system we also have House Captains and who act as representatives for their House in a range of contexts. Children regularly get opportunities to express their views in school through Pupil Voice sampling and questionnaires. In addition, we have elected Head Boys and Head Girls who represent our students whilst perform important duties and representing the core values of our school.