At Templewood we provide the pupils with a voice through a variety of means including school council, assemblies, questionnaires and circle times, where the children are able to raise concerns as a group or on an individual basis. We nurture relationships between the youngest and oldest pupils through the Buddy scheme and the use of Reading Partners.
The buddying system involves Year 5 pupils who work as buddies supporting children on the KS1 playground at lunch times. The role of the buddy is one of responsibility and will involve a training session.
Children will be responsible for:
- Helping children play nicely
- Encouraging children to speak politely with each other
- Preparing activities for play times
- Helping children who have fallen over
- Getting help from adults where necessary
- Checking children are playing happily
There are many benefits for the Buddies who take on the responsibility, such as:
- They behave as role models for other children
- They increase their emotional awareness of the needs of others
- They develop their and others self-esteem
- They become leaders of play time games.
There is a Reading Partner system operating between the KS1 and KS2 classes. Classes meet once a week enabling the younger children to share their reading books with their partners. Normally the children maintain the same Reading Partner throughout their time in EYFS & KS1.
Partners: Year R - Year 4
Year 1 - Year 5
Year 2 - Year 6
Year 3 is a transitional year
SMART School Council
In September 2018 we launched our new SMART School Council. There is a Communications Team which informs the pupils, staff and Governors about current issues, action group updates and responses to weekly surveys.
What is a SMART School Council?
The Smart School Council model involves all students in the school, and helps them to develop key skills around oracy, confidence and leadership. It supports students to become active, democratic citizens. The Smart School Council model helps you to:
- Involve ALL of your students in developing skills
- Directly address Ofsted requirements on British Values/SMSC & Prevent
- Track data on involvement
- Is easier to run than your current school council
- Become more democratic than a traditional school council.
It has three clear elements:
- Class meetings: Short, regular, structured and student-led meetings in every class / tutor group across the school.
- Action teams: Any student can set up an action team based on an idea or issue that they have.
- Communication team: Brings the whole model together, facilitates wide involvement and tracks it.
What are the aims of the model?
The key aim of the model is to help students develop into active, democratic citizens.
It’s essential that that children and young people develop a wide set of skills for learning and life. Skills that can support their academic achievement, and enable them to thrive. The Smart School Councils model is a good way to support this development; it opens out involvement to all students in the school and provides a clear structure for skills development and participation.
What are the learning outcomes for your students?
The learning outcomes includes:
- Helping young people to develop oracy confidence, self-esteem
- Helping young people to develop their negotiation and compromise skills.
- Helping young people to develop political literacy and increase their democratic engagement.
- Helping young people to become better leaders.
- Helping young people be better prepared for life and work after school.