Article 5 - Learn how to use your rights as you grow up.
Article 12 - Your right to say what you think and be listened to.
Article 13 - Your right to have information
At Belmont School, we believe that our children are most important and we endeavour to give ALL children lots of opportunities to share their thoughts and opinions and play an active role in the decisions that affect their learning and well-being.
We have lots of ways that the children can do this formally, such as through the School Council, Rights Respecting Ambassadors, Junior Travel Ambassadors, Eco Warriors, Prefects and Play Leaders. Representatives from each class are chosen and support the development planning for the school. Pupils are taught from an early age to be leaders of thier own learning.
The School Council at Belmont School provides opportunities for pupils to make their voices heard and feel part of the whole school community – incorporating the British Values. The School Council supports and drives whole school improvement in relation to pupil’s wellbeing and academic attainment. It provides opportunities for pupils to communicate their feelings as well as influence decisions that are made by Senior Leaders.
Councillors develop skills such as confidence, communication and negotiation. It is the responsibility of each councillor to ensure that they express both their own views and the views of all the other pupils they represent.
Who can be a member of the School's Council?
We have a very active School Council with a boy or girl representing their fellow pupils from each class from Year 1 to Year 6.
Each councillor is elected by their classmates at the beginning of the school year after a short presentation explaining why they should be elected. The members then elect a Chair, a Vice Chair, a Secretary and two whips.
What do we do?
Members of the Council take part in discussions linked to the school development priorities. They feedback any relevant information to their class. At times they are requested to ask their class for ideas or take class votes relating to discussions by the Council.
Members meet regularly with teacher representatives and the Deputy Headteacher.
An action plan is produced and will be shared on the website very soon, so watch this space…