Here at St Edmund's our student council is made up of 15 representatives of Year 5 and 6 pupils. The pupils are voted in by the children of St Edmund's at the beginning of the Autumn Term. This gives the children a feeling of ownership of the council, making it feel like they are Student Council.
Each class has its own representative from Reception to year 6. The students meet at least twice a month with Miss Grant to discuss ways to help the school and organise different pupil events. After the meetings, pupils go to each class to pass on what was discussed in the meeting, and the classes can put questions and ideas forward to their representatives to bring to further sessions. This year, due to the ongoing pandemic, the student council has been unable to meet in person, and has gone to a virtual platform with the help of Miss Grant.
Students have put forward numerous ideas and events for the school to do during the academic year 2020 - 2021:
December 2020 - Student council run a colouring competition 'Design a Bauble'
From January 2021, the student council came up with different challenges for children to complete whilst not at school. Some of the challenges that were run were; 'Tell Us A Joke', 'St Edmunds Got Talent' and 'What I Am Grateful For Challenge'. Children uploaded their items to a Padlet, and in this way, all children could see what others were putting forward.
Pupil Voice Questionnaire 2022
During the Spring Term, Mr Kenny met with representatives from Key Stage 1, the School Council, Librarians, Red Ties and the Echo Committee to discuss our school community. Children spoke confidently about their school day, including their learning, playtimes, our school rules and more. Below are some findings from the discussions and the actions taken from the meeting.
100% of children agreed they enjoyed coming to school and liked the work their teacher sets them.
100% of children agreed they have lots of friends they enjoy spending time with and felt safe when in class.
100% of children felt they were taught enough on how to be safe online and outside of school. For example, water and road safety, first aid etc...
94% of children felt safe at playtimes, and 86% agreed disputes and any cases of bullying were dealt with effectively.
80% of children agreed they knew who to go to if they were worried about something.
Only 60% of children felt safe when they left the school grounds and 68% would like to see some change in the dinner hall.
"I enjoy coming to school to learn new things, expanding my knowledge and learning things I did not know before"
"I really like all the after school clubs we have and the trips we go on"
"I like the teachers meeting me at the gates."
"I have lots of friends in St Edmund's, and the teachers always make me comfortable."
"I enjoy the learning we do. I even want to come in on Saturday and Sunday."
Following discussion with the children, the following actions will be made to make our school even better than it already is.
- To add a dance after school club for the summer term.
- To provide some fruit for Key Stage 2 children at playtime.
- School to look into how it can help children feel safer when they leave each day.