At Ark Franklin we believe that no-one is better informed about how we are doing than the pupils themselves. We encourage children to take on positions of responsibility and have a real say in how the school is run. We have three main layers to pupil voice: School Council, Pupil Surveys and Pupil Conferencing.
The School Council meets every Friday with the headteacher to discuss the important issues that children face. Each School Counsellor meets with their class every week to share messages and listen to concerns or suggestions. These are then brought to the School Council meeting. Children have had a real impact in changes in the school and have been consulted on changes to the school menu, what playground equipment we should buy, how we can make the school more environmentally friendly and much more. Counsellors are democratically elected each year and wear their School Council badge with pride.
All pupils take the annual Pupil Survey. This is done online in class and everyone takes part. The results and analysed by the Senior Leadership Team and shared with children in classes or in assembly, along with what changes we can make or how we can better explain why we do what we do.
When the senior and middle leaders monitor the quality of teaching in the school, we always include Pupil Conferencing. We want to ask children about their learning, their reading and their well-being. We believe that looking only at lessons and books is not enough and frequently lead discussions with children about their lessons and the progress they feel they are making.