At Southmere Primary Academy, pupil voice is very important. We encourage pupils to take an active part in school life and their own learning. We also ask pupils about their learning experiences and this helps us design their education to to match their needs.
Children are aware that this is their school and they are involved in decision making. This means all adults receive feedback on how our pupils perceive their lessons and environment and the impact this has on their learning.
Pupil Voice is taken by children often meeting with teachers and leaders to discuss their learning. They are involved in pupil interviews and questionnaires in which they talk about their experiences. This helps teachers to tailor their learning and get feedback.
In October we took anonymous Pupil Voice about Safeguarding in school
We used the results to work towards improving things that the children thought were a concern. One aspect was relationships on the playground. We now have Class Buddies who are available to help with friendships and loneliness. We are developing a Restorative Practice Approach which supports children in accepting each others point of view and move towards reconciliation along with our work using the Thrive Approach this is aimed at developing children’s Personal, Social and Emotional Wellbeing.
To support parents in their knowledge and understanding of what is going on in school we have worked with the Positive Regard Institute to develop positive parental engagement and have received a mark of excellence. Our aim is to offer clear and concise information to parents in a timely manner through:
Half Termly Pupil Reports
Termly Parents Meetings
At any other time we have an open door policy where parents can speak to a member of staff about their child.