Our Aims

Our PRIDE Council aims to encourage our children to…

  • Develop confidence and responsibility and make the most of their abilities
  • Prepare them to play an active role as citizens
  • Develop healthy, safer lifestyles
  • Develop good relationships and respect the differences between people
  • To have a “voice” and to share their opinions and ideas with others

Our PRIDE Council aims to ensure our children have…

  • A safe, happy and fair learning environment
  • A forum to voice their concerns and act upon them
  • A structured opportunity to learn problem-solving skills
  • An opportunity to take an active role in the organisation of the school
  • An opportunity to experience a democratic process

Our PRIDE Council should encourage pupils to develop…

  • A sense of ownership over policy and practice
  • A consensus over school issues such as behaviour
  • A responsibility towards the school community and environment

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Our PRIDE Council should give pupils the experience of…

  • Planning, organising and monitoring small projects
  • Speaking and listening skills
  • Debating skills
  • Mediation and negotiating skills
  • Basic budgeting and managing money

Why?

We value the benefits of operating a PRIDE Council. The PRIDE Council represents the whole school. We feel they benefit the whole community and as a school we operate as a community.

Through our PRIDE Council and class council work it is hoped that we can develop a balance and wholeness, helping to make our community more harmonious to live in. Our PRIDE Council work will enable pupils with positive attitudes to exert a positive influence. Everyone will benefit from the work of the Council.

Our PRIDE Council aims to prepare our pupils for citizenship by teaching them about roles, rights and responsibilities within the school system.

Elections

Class elections will be held every year so that different representatives can put forward their election speeches as well as developing the full potential of the School Council to complete tasks. Two candidates will be elected from each class in KS1 and KS2 and one candidate from EYFS in January.

Organisation

  • Two representatives from each KS1 and KS2 class
  • One representative from EYFS
  • Link Teacher
  • An agenda is to be organised by the link teacher
  • Minutes will be recorded by the children

The PRIDE Council can bid for funding from Friends of Willow or the Headteacher. They will need to prepare a proposal, manage any delegated funds, and report on the impact.

It is a very responsible job, and PRIDE Council Members will share information with their class and get ideas and views from pupils by talking.

Link between the PRIDE and Class Councils

Each class will operate a class council in which issues are discussed associated with their class. If, however, an issue does occur which they feel needs to be forwarded to the PRIDE Council, then the issue will be presented to the PRIDE Council through the class representative.

Feedback will be provided from each PRIDE Council Meeting through minutes from the meetings and feedback from the link teacher.

Running the PRIDE Council Meetings

The Council will vote for a chair. This is the person who makes sure everyone gets a turn to speak and encourages all members to contribute. In addition the Council will ensure someone takes notes during the meeting and the notes should assist the feedback classes receive after the meeting.

At the end of the PRIDE Council’s meeting, everyone needs to know what they have to do next. The chair needs to make sure members know what to do and what they have to say to their class.

Giving Feedback to Pupils

Following the PRIDE Council Meeting, Council Members speak to their class to let them know what is going on and tell the class about the issues being discussed and what is happening next. This will encourage more children to contribute to further meetings, share worries and let members know the things which could be done to improve the school. The school will record PRIDE Council Achievements on the school newsletter as and when appropriate.

Willow PRIDE Councillors

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Oak Class Representative

Angel

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Oak Class Representative

Kingsley

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Piper Centre Representative

Fuad

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Elm Class Representative

Holly

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Elm Class Representative

Liberty

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Chestnut Class Representative

Lily

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Chestnut Class Representative

Logan

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Birch Class Representative

Izobel

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Ash Class Representative

Avie

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Ash Class Representative

Frankie