All research shows that children who feel their voices are heard while in school, achieve significantly better than those who feel education is something done to them.
For this reason, here at Smallthorne Primary Academy, pupil voice is taken very seriously indeed with a range of different ways for children to voice their ideas.
Every class (2-6) has an elected school council representative who attends the school council each half term. School council representatives bring forward ideas and suggestions from their classes for discussion as well as feeding back to classes any ideas which are discussed. Their findings are then shared with senior staff including the Principal.
All classes have the opportunity to discuss the topics that they are going to study for the next term. This enables them to make choices about the particular areas they want to learn about and decide upon the questions that they want answered within the topic.
Children who have additional needs meet with their class teacher regularly to talk about their progress and identify their learning targets. In this way, small steps of progress can be achieved by adjusting their work to accommodate their personal learning needs and styles.