Pupil Voice is an opportunity for the children at Hawkinge Primary School to have a voice and express their views and opinions about our school. Sessions last approximately 20 minutes and take place once per term, led by Year 6 pupils. Children are placed in mixed age groups and are grouped with their siblings. Each session has an agenda which the Year 6 leaders follow, with the opportunity to play some team building games at the end of the session if there is time. The Pupil Voice Leaders are expected to establish their own rules and take charge of the session. Teachers remain in the classroom in a supportive capacity and give feedback to the leaders so that they know what they did well and also receive advice and tips on how they could improve future sessions.
This year, we have 14 pupil voice groups led by 35 Year 6 pupils. Throughout the year, we will be discussing issues including: ‘Our School’ where children will complete a survey about the school, the results of which will be fed back to Miss Ward and Mr O’Brien so that they know what the children think the school does well and how we can improve; ‘Science’ where Miss Sotiriou hopes to learn what children like about Science and what they would like to do more of and ‘On-line safety’.
Towards the end of the school year, children in Year 5 have the opportunity to apply to be Pupil Voice Leaders, ready for Year 6. They then work with the Year 6 leaders preparing to take over from them the following year.
The dates of last year’s Pupil Voice sessions were as follows:
- Thursday 13th October 2016 – click here to download the agenda
- Friday 9th December 2016 – click here to download the agenda
- Thursday 2nd February 2017 – click here to download the agenda
- Thursday 18th May 2017 – click here to download the agenda
- Friday 14th July 2017
This year’s meetings will take place on the following dates:
- 5th October
- 8th December
- 1st February
- 23rd March
- 6th July
Keep an eye on the website for agendas and feedback from the meetings.
Here is a quote from one of our school governors who attended a pupil voice session in March:
“On Thursday 13 March I attended a Pupil Voice session, and would recommend that all governors try to attend one of these meetings.
There was one teacher in attendance, who had minimum input, as the session was run in a very orderly way by two pupils who kept control of the class at all times. There were several ideas put forward, some good,some not so good (installing a swimming pool to improve playtimes!!!) but the pupils who were in charge took all the suggestions in their stride.
I did not know what to expect before the meeting but the pupils were a credit to the school. they behaved well at all times.
My final words must go to the two young ladies who were in charge of the session in was in. They were brilliant! It took me a long time to realise that two pupils were in charge, not a teacher.”