Pupil Voice

1. ROLE OF THE WELLBEING COUNCIL

The Wellbeing Council at Victoria Primary Academy is a body of pupils who have been voted for by their peers to be representatives of the student voice in regards to wellbeing. These pupils will act as a voice for their fellow classmates, and will be required to aid in developing our school community, with wellbeing.

The Wellbeing Council will actively consult on, and contribute to the development of school policies in a wide range of areas such as supporting positive mental health, bullying, behaviour code and how we manage these within school. The Wellbeing Council will be required to consult with students, staff and parents on these issues and to represent the Council’s views on those issues to school management.

2. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

The aims and objectives of Victoria Primary Academy are:

To provide opportunity for pupils to become partners in their own education, and to make a positive contribution to the school environment and ethos.

To develop and promote children’s self-confidence, social skills and their responsible behaviour towards each other and towards their teachers and adult members of staff.

To develop the pupil’s knowledge, skills and understanding of how to contribute to their local community and society as a whole, and what it means to be an active citizen.

To develop pupils’ recognition of themselves as worthwhile individuals with a right to have an opinion and for those to be heard.

To allow children to have a ‘voice’ and to share their opinions and ideas with others.

To allow children to become more responsible and actively involved in the decision making process of the school, and to be involved in decisions that directly affect them.

To develop important life skills that promote positive mental health and social welfare, emotional literacy critical and moral reasoning, self-esteem, self-awareness, communication skills, relationship skills and assertiveness.

3. WELLBEING COUNCILLORS IN CLASS

The Wellbeing Councillors will report back to classes, after Wellbeing Council meetings, on the issues discussed and the action taken. Any feedback will be noted by Wellbeing Councillors in the class book, and fed back in the next meeting. Wellbeing Councillors will also take wellbeing strategies back to class, to promote positive mental health.

4. WELLBEING COUNCIL MEETINGS

Wellbeing Council meetings are held every half term, depending on the length of the half term. The meetings are held by the Wellbeing Council Link Teachers (Wellbeing Council Coordinators) together with the Wellbeing Council representatives.

The meetings usually take place in school.

5. RUNNING THE WELLBEING COUNCIL

The agenda for each Wellbeing Council Meeting will be drawn up by the Wellbeing Council Coordinators.

At each Council meeting, there will be one main issue on the agenda, as well as opportunities for all Wellbeing Councillors to discuss other ideas raised by the pupils in their classes.

A copy of the agenda will be provided for every Wellbeing Councillor for them to follow during the meeting.

The Wellbeing Council Coordinator will make notes of the Wellbeing Councillors’ discussions, and will clearly outline the outcomes of the meeting prior to its end.

6. PROMOTING HEALTH AND WELLBEING

As a council our aim will be to continuously promote health and wellbeing in school we will provide continuous provision:

  • Mindfulness colouring club
  • Daily sports clubs at lunchtime and after school including yoga;
  • Celebrating differences; which looked to celebrate the diverse nature of our school;
  • Class meditation;
  • 3 Health and Wellbeing days a year focusing on the 5 ways of wellbeing;
  • Regular wellbeing assemblies covering topics such as coping with stress.