Pupil Voice

pupil voice

At Whinhill, we believe that children need to be active participants in their own learning and to feel that their opinions will be heard within our school and the wider community. At Whinhill we seek ways to listen to the views of our pupils and involve them in decision-making so that they are engaged as partners in the life of the school. We believe that this will make a positive contribution to the school environment and ethos.

There is a wide range of approaches that we are developing at Whinhill to support pupil participation and promote pupil voice:

  • A variety of school committees: Eco, Fairtrade, Right Respecting, Charities, Literacy, JRSO, Health, Pupil Council
  • Pupils involved in leading their own learning within their classes
  • Global Citizens group consisting of P7 representatives from each committee to ensure we are all working towards the same goal
  • Peer Mediation - peer to peer support
  • Fundraising campaigns (both teacher and pupil initiated)
  • Evaluations of learning activities, GIRFEC questionnaires
  • Pupils with additional learning needs are involved in decisions that affect their learning and well -being. Pupils are also consulted when they have reviews.
  • Pupil question time from the Pupil Council
  • Pupil Focus Groups to discuss how pupils feel about their learning

Pupil voice is embedded into the curriculum with teaching and learning activities being used to enable pupils to focus on how to make informed decisions about their lives, their health and well-being and the environment. For example, after school clubs such as the Gardening group gives pupils scope to explore issues that go beyond academic subjects.

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