Overton Ambassadors and School Council
School Council and Pupil Voice
Children and young people can offer unique perspectives on what it is like to be a pupil at their school; involving them in decision-making can create meaningful change and better academic outcomes, as well as facilitating a sense of empowerment and inclusion.
A whole-school approach means listening to the voices of everyone in the school community. This includes children and young people as well as parents and carers, and school staff.
What is it and why is it important?
Pupil voice in schools means a whole-school commitment to listening to the views, wishes and experiences of all children. It means placing value on what children and young people tell school staff about their experiences. It is a key factor in children’s mental and emotional health and their overall wellbeing.
Children and young people need to be provided with meaningful opportunities to share their experiences, views and hopes about their school. Pupils need to know that it is safe and that it is important for them to express their views on what happens at school. They need to know that what they say is valued and will be listened to and considered.
The school council is a group of children who are elected to represent the views of all pupils, make some decisions about whole school issues and help improve the school. Two representatives are elected from each class and meet every few weeks.
So far this year, they have sought ideas about charities to support and arranged and helped organise and run fundraising days. They are currently exploring ways to promote positive experiences during lunchtime in the school hall, including being mindful of the noise level, respectful interactions between all and raising awareness of food waste.
Photos and details of the school’s fundraising days can be seen here.
This year, we have introduced the new Year 6 'Ambassador' roles and are looking forward to developing them further with the children, as the year progresses.
As well as being positive role models, the children are encouraged to think about others and make positive changes to our community.
These ambassador roles aim to provide the children with real opportunities to develop and improve our school community, support our wider community and build valuable life skills with the children.
The children work with members of our leadership team to plan, deliver and assess projects within 6 broad categories that fit with our vision and values as a school.
- Courageous Advocacy Ambassadors
- Eco Ambassadors
- Physical Health Ambassadors
- Safety Ambassadors
- Wellbeing Ambassadors
- Worship Ambassadors
There are agreed roles and responsibilities for the Ambassadors.
The Ambassadors work together as a team to identify projects which will be child driven, require a level of commitment to see it through to the end and pitched at a level that allows for success.