The Glyn Learning Foundation

Pupil Parliament

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At Danetree we actively promote pupil leadership opportunities, enabling your child to develop valuable communication and organisation skills.

We believe that providing pupils with key roles of responsibility is paramount to their development and learning experience.

Our successful Pupil Parliament is a well-respected body within the school and consists of pupils between Years 3 and 6. There are two divisions of the parliament: Behaviour & Safety and Learning.  Children involved in our Pupil Parliament meet regularly to discuss topics, issues and initiatives that affect them and their learning environment. As part of their responsibilities, the team organise their own meetings, decide on an agenda, share new ideas and vote on a number of school-related issues.  Actions from each meeting are shared with the rest of the school on a regular basis.  Pupils relish the opportunity to become a greater part of school life and enjoy making their voices heard. 

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 Pupil Parliament 17/18 Overview

Term

Item

Action

Impact

Autumn Term

Road safety

When holding our in-class pupil parliament meetings a number of pupils across year groups felt that children didn’t always cross roads safely when outside school. As a result, we produced an assembly for Mrs Smith (Headteacher) to present to the school.

The assembly raised awareness of road safety and how children can stay safe. Road safety will feature in our next whole school pupil survey.

Anti-Bullying Leaflet

The school parent survey showed that 34% of parent didn't know how the school deals with bullying. We produced a leaflet that we sent out to parents during anti-bullying week.

We received positive feedback from parents about the leaflet and will be sending out another parent survey in the Autumn term.


Playground Equipment

We created an inventory of all the resources we have in school for break times. We discovered that the playground needed additional resources for playtime and lunchtime. We asked our classes what they would like in the playground and then we devised a wish list based on our class responses (which we gave to Mrs Smith). We also chose which trim trail we should have in the playground.

There are now more resources in the playground and they are resources that all children have helped to choose. This has led to a reduction in lunchtime behaviour incidents.

Safety Map

We worked with our classes to produce a safety map showing where children did and didn't feel safe in school.

This was fed back to the inclusion team and, as a result, the number of adults during break times has increased around school and a new lollipop lady position has been advertised.

Spring Term

Eco Champions

As a result of Pupil Parliament identifying the playground as an area where litter could be found, they decided they wanted to create an ‘Eco Champion’ role. This involved them holding a vote in their classes to elect a representative that could be responsible for collecting litter during break times. Once the role was agreed, the children designed and order the badges.

As a result of this, there has been less litter on the playground. However, Pupil Parliament identified the area by the bike sheds and year 3 toilets, to be a priority area as a lot of litter collects there.

Assembly

In January Pupil Parliament held their first whole school assembly. This gave them the opportunity to demonstrate to the rest of the school, all the areas they had been working on in the Autumn term, as well as outlining plans for the Spring term.

 

This raised the profile of Pupil Parliament and made pupils more aware of the actions they had undertaken and the plans they had for the future.

Healthy Lunches

Pupil Parliament’s task for Spring was to work on the developing the children’s packed lunches. Representatives of pupil parliament noticed that children were bringing in unhealthy break time snacks and packed lunches. In order to gain some evidence, before half term the children kept a weekly log of the snacks their class brought in each day. When we looked at the collected data, we noticed that the snacks children were bringing in, were in fact much healthier than the packed lunches. Therefore, the children decided they wanted to focus on improving packed lunches. In order to achieve this, they chose to each create an example packed lunch and they will be included this in a letter to parents which was sent out at the end of the term.  In addition to this, they also created a range of advice posters to be displayed in the diner.

All pupils and parents were made aware that packed lunches were unhealthy and, when surveyed later in the Spring term, the quality of packed lunches had improved.

Summer Term

Behaviour Policy

We helped to develop the new whole school behaviour policy for 2018/19. This involved us discussing with our classes what we liked/ disliked about the behaviour policy as well as considering what already works well. We discussed areas that needed more clarity and gave our input as to how we would like behaviour at school to be dealt with. Mr Fuller then designed the behaviour policy, and before submitting it to leadership, discussed with us again to check it reflected what we had suggested.

New whole school behaviour policy to be launched in 2018/19 academic year. Impact will be monitored.

Golden Rules Poster

As part of our role in helping to develop the behaviour policy, we developed the photographs to accompany the new golden rules. We discussed how we could best reflect each point and then worked together to stage and shoot the photographs.

Golden rules poster to be displayed in every classroom as a part of the behaviour policy.

 
Pupil Parliament 18/19 Overview
 

Term

Item

Action

Impact

Autumn term

Anti-Bullying video

We created an informative video outlining the different types of bullying, how to recognize bullying and what to do if you feel you are being bullied. We worked together to research ideas for the script

The video formed an important part of our Anti Bullying week assembly. The whole school community was given the opportunity to watch and learn from the video which heightened the awareness of what bullying really is.

The video was made accessible on our school website and also sent to a local media company for use elsewhere.

Anti-Bullying leaflet

The school parent survey highlighted that 34% of parents didn't know how the school deals with bullying. We produced a leaflet that we sent out to parents during anti-bullying week.

We received positive feedback from parents about the leaflet and will be sending out another parent survey in the Spring term.

#wearblueday

Pupil Parliament wanted to raise awareness of Anti Bullying week so they researched different events that we could get involved in. They selected #wearblueday as it was a national campaign and could be completed across both ks1 and ks2

Throughout #wearblueday Pupil Parliament taught a lesson to their classes about anti bullying - highlighting key terms and what to do in various situations.

A local media company reported on the day and the success it was.

Future 40

Pupil Parliament were selected by the local council to complete a series of surveys about the local area

This gave Pupil Parliament an opportunity to make suggestions about the future of their local area. They had to consider all aspects of their town including education, road safety, job opportunities etc. Pupil Parliament were able to highlight particular areas of concern for them to local councillors in hope there will be some improvements e.g. road works outside school

Boat Naming

The new boat in the Ks1 playground needed naming

The Ks1 pupil parliament reps held a vote in their classes and named the boat which they shared with the children in the weekly WOW assembly.

Houses of Parliament applications

Due to having extra spaces on the trip, Pupil Parliament decided to open the trip to the wider school. They asked for application letters to be written in order for children to be considered.

To learn more about democracy and fair opportunities, the children took part in the reading of applications to the Houses of Parliament and decided who would accompany them, based on their application.

 

What are we hoping to achieve next term?

1) - Visit Parliament and share findings with our classes

2) - start working towards the Surrey Anti-Bullying Charter Mark

3) - we have a small budget and will be undertaking an enterprise initiative.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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