The basis for pupil voice is found in Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child which sets out the right of children to express an opinion and to be included in decisions that involve and affect them.
At The Oval School, our pupils have a voice and actively participate at all levels of school life
At our School, pupil participation happens in a variety of ways. Some of these are:
- groups such as school council, sports leaders and digital leaders
- an active Children’s Safeguarding Board
- fundraising, links with our UNICEF work in supporting charities
- improvements to the school environment (e.g. school buildings, playground, play equipment)
- as part of Assessment for Learning
- by involving pupils in school self-evaluation and assessment
- development of a whole-school environmental and sustainability plan
- involvement with planning extra-curricular activities
- pupil voice though surveys, suggestion boxes and circle time
We believe there are real benefits for pupils and school by including pupils in the decisions and matters that they care about and are important to them. These are:
- improved pupil engagement and its impact on well-being, behaviour and learning
- improved pupil to staff and pupil to pupil relationships
- policy making is based on the needs and suggestions of pupils and is therefore more inclusive and effective
- creating a fully inclusive school, where all pupils are encouraged and supported to contribute
- increased opportunity for pupils to develop personal, social and communication skills
We consult with pupils and take account of their opinions and needs.
We have a wide range of initiatives we use to consult with pupils and take on board their opinions, experiences and needs. This includes such things as suggestion boxes, focus groups, school councils, assessment for learning, and whole-school consultations.