At the launch of Pupil Voice 2017, we tasked all our Pupil Ambassadors to report back on how pupils’ views are currently represented in their academy and come up with new ideas. Pupil Voice is the link between The Trust and its academies, and helps The Trust to created listening schools where pupils are involved and valued. Here is how Pupil Voice works in some of our academies.
All our academies already have mechanisms in place to capture the opinions, ideas and concerns of their pupils. There are lots of ways in which pupils are represented, using different systems such as pupil leaders, house captains, class representatives and head pupils. These pupils feed in to an overall academy council, which then discuss issues and give feedback. These representatives often have to apply for the position and are elected by their peers to represent their views. In many academies, pupil feedback has a direct link to leadership with regular meetings held with senior academy staff. In some academies, the Pupil Ambassadors are part of the academy council and drive Pupil Voice, in others they act to develop the academy and act as a role model to other pupils.
Pupil Ambassadors use many different ways to get feedback and opinion of topics.
Making an impact
Pupil Ambassadors, and all pupils in our academies who represent others, have collected and implemented the ideas of their peers to improve health and wellbeing, raise awareness of issues and give pupils an enjoyable academy experience. Their ideas have made an impact in lots of aspects of the academy life and environment. Here are just some of the changes that have been made:
The ATT Pupil Ambassadors told us about their role and achievements in lots of innovative ways, and shared these across The Trust using the Ambassadors Portal. Short films were produced including Mildenhall College Academy who made a video to show how a pupil idea can spark a change and Pool Hayes Academy where pupils used green screen technology to tell us about Pupil Voice in their academy. Norwich Road and Kingsmoor academies also created films that have interviews with children and staff about the importance of listening to pupils in the academy.
PowerPoints were created by Star Academy Sandyford which included videos of interviews with pupils and Caldmore Primary Academy did an interview with the Principal. Iceni Academy (primary) sent us photographs of their Student Council and Pupil Voice noticeboard, Great Heath Academy wrote a Pupil Voice newsletter and several others wrote reports on how Pupil Voice works in their academy.Back to News