What is Pupil Voice?

The views of the children and young adults of The Collett School are incredibly important to the school. Ensuring each child, whatever their communication abilities, have a 'voice' in the running of the school.

Learning Groups take on the features of the individuals within the group and the curriculum is bespoke to the child within that group - ensuring relevant and purposeful learning is supported through effective planning and teaching. The child and his/her family is integral to the success of learning in the classroom.

In the wider school, all children are encouraged to develop their interests and experiences of collective group activities. The spiritual, moral and cultural dimensions of the 'hidden' curriculum are embedded within assemblies, play times, exercises, trips, excursions and events. Taking part, having a say and joining in prompt personal thoughts and ideas. Celebrating achievements and speaking in public support children to develop a greater confidence in front of others. Sharing their opinions and championing their beliefs is widely encouraged to develop independence of mind, within a knowledgable context.

Our School Council

Improve our School!

We needed more spaces to learn in. The Headteacher asked the children - someone said treehouses, which was overwhelmingly supported by the remaining children. The children gave us strong reasons as to why they would work. We listened and we made it happen.

The pupils wanted a Head boy and girl. We now have them, who report to and from the school council, meet with the senior leadership and parent groups, also presenting in Governing Body meetings about the views, needs and ideas of the pupil body.

The children wanted to know more about current affairs after a trip to parliament. We watch Newsround in class - share ideas and responses to the stories of the day. We take time to listen to what individuals see as newsworthy in assemblies and enjoy sharing our stories in public forums.

The children are involved in our behaviour improvement strategies, our way of assessing learning and progress, how we undertake sensory diet programmes and determine the equipment we buy, beg, borrow and freeload.

Candiates stood on a mandate at the time of the general election with their manifesto promise. We had a 100% turnout and the winning candidate stood on a promise to bring in bikes and cycling proficiency to the school. The council is now researching how to bring this about.

Other things in the pipeline - an all weather pitch for ball games (planned for Winter 2017/18) , a zip-wire (2018), a climbing wall (2018), improved playground equipment (2017-2018) more laptops in school (2017) and a helter-skelter (2018/2019)

Pupil Independence - Organising Charity Days

Our School Council organised a fantastic Pyjama Day on 5th February 2018 to raise money for Noah's Ark Hospice, a community-based hospice providing support for children and young people with life-limiting/threatening conditions and their families in North/Central London and Hertsmere.

The final amount is still being totalled up!

Below are some pictures from the day:

Debate and Elections - Exemplifying British Values

Our British Values
Our Britishness is an important aspect of schooling and being part of our local and wider communities. We work with our pupils to understand what British values are - our responsibilities as much as our rights. We welcome difference at The Collett School and are proud of our multi-faith and multi-cultural community.

Debates and elections exemplify British democracy in an interactive and communicative way.

Pupil Voice Steering Policy and Procedures