To ensure that pupils have their say at Wainwright Primary, we allocate many roles and responsibilities to children – it gives many of our pupils the chance to develop new skills, become comfortable when speaking to adults, and improves their overall self-confidence. It also supports the work that the academy are doing towards achieving the Investors in Pupils (IiP) accreditation.
To become a pupil leader, children go through a rigorous process which includes writing a letter of application and an interview. Mrs Hallam works closely with the pupils to ensure they are happy and being effective leaders, and they are rewarded for their achievements every Friday by attending a meeting with other pupil leaders to enjoy a delicious mug of hot chocolate, cream, marshmallows and biscuits! At this meeting, there is always a topic for discussion centred on how we can move the academy forward, which is then shared with the pupil leaders’ classes and staff members.
Within each class, we appoint class ambassadors to be role models to promote our academy’s 4B’s:
- Be kind
- Be respectful
- Be responsible
- Be safe
Pupils are selected if they show they really care about the well-being of the children in our academy, treating others how they want to be treated and believe listening to one another is extremely important. Class ambassadors support, help and lead others, taking on specific roles each term. Their role also includes giving visitors a guided tour of the academy and an insight into the history of Wainwright Primary.
It is a real achievement to be chosen to represent the academy as an ambassador and we feel that this role helps children show their leadership qualities.
The role helps pupils to understand more about what staff do around the academy and our wider trust, together with building their confidence through speaking with visitors, staff and governors.
We launched our peer mentor scheme in September 2018, with twelve year 5 and 6 pupils undertaking training on how to support their friends and classmates within the academy, specifically at breaks and lunchtimes. They work alongside staff in the playground being ‘conflict detectives’ and offering their help and support to pupils to overcome any conflict in a calm manner using the key principles.
They guide pupils who are in conflict by using our four golden rules:
- Listen to each other’s point of view
- Don’t interrupt each other
- Agree to agree
These pupils are identified by their blue hoodies that form part of their uniform. They regularly go to the friendship bench and buddy stop at break times and lunch times to help solve problems with the pupils and encourage them to take part in fun games and activities.
In every class there is a class councillor and a vice class councillor, been elected by their peers. They are the pupils’ voice for their class and meet regularly with Mrs Hallam (PDBW Lead) to bring ideas, discuss issues, answer questions and raise awareness of any subjects appropriate to them in their class.
Class councillors provide feedback back to their class following the meetings, leading a class discussion centred around the next meeting agenda. It is their job to record the feedback from their class. Mrs Spacey (our principal) is then invited to see the feedback from the whole academy and this is narrowed down to two main ideas, which the class councillors vote on to make fair decisions and to represent the pupil’s voice.
Children in year 5 apply to become Sports Leaders. These children take on the role of encouraging other pupils to get involved in sports activities during breaktimes, together with arranging and leading sports events for the academy working with staff members. They are also responsible for hosting monthly sporting events for the academy and meet on a weekly basis with the PE co-ordinator.
The diversity committee meets once a month to discuss all the different cultures we have within our academy. During these meetings we share our experiences of music, food, books, languages, traditions, clothing, arts, customs, beliefs and religions.
We are planning to implement diversity days throughout the academic year where we can invite our parents, carers and other families members into the academy and immerse ourselves in different cultures and beliefs. This could be through resources like clothing, photographs, artefacts, music, stories and baking to give us a better insight into the lives of our pupils and their families.
This is especially important to us as our academy community is represented by pupils and families from approximately 15 different countries!