Through our curriculum we enable all pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. Our children know that their views count and that their voices are listened to. They are given many opportunities to experience, understand and take part in the democratic process. Rather than having a school council, we set up regular pupil focus groups who we consult with on a wide range of issues. We actively encourage pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school. Governors meet regularly with pupils and children complete an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school. Feedback from pupils has influenced a number of recent changes to the school, including the refurbishment of the children’s toilets the commissioning of two new library areas. The concept of democracy is also covered through a number of our curriculum topics, for example in a Year 4 topic on ‘Who Were The Early Lawmakers?’ and a Year 5 topic on ‘What Is So Special About The USA?’. Visitors to school include our local MP.
Recently, we have also introduced the principles of Philosophy for Children into our school; this approach offers a way to open up children’s learning through enquiry and the exploration of ideas. Children learn that their ideas have value, and that the ideas of other children have value too. Through Philosophy for Children they realise that they don’t always have to be right, but they gain the confidence to ask questions and learn through discussion.