Teaching our Children to be Leaders
Teaching Children to Become Leaders
At St. Michael’s, we are developing a programme of children as leaders. Throughout the school, there are opportunities for children to practise these skills.
School council members are voted in, after explaining to the class why they would be a good councillor (linked to our British Values) by the class and attend meetings each week with Mrs Clark and the Headteacher. Last year, the children were asked to lead CLFs (Class Learning Forums) asking other children in the class to use our school values of ENRICH to help identify what that should look like within our school community.
Here is an example of a speech written by a Year 6 pupil:
I promise to do my best to be a role model to many. I will help people, to let them know that they should help others. I will do my best in and out of our school. These promises shall be met because my passion for this school is immense. I believe in the pupils, parents and the teachers. I promise to give people hope, integrity and the nurture that everyone deserves.
At the start of Year 6, teachers, and members of the school’s SLT decide who should be the representatives of the school. We have four houses: yellow, blue, green and red. There are two house captains for each colour. These children lead tours around the school; assemblies in their house colours and are responsible for the collection and announcements of team points every two weeks.
The ethos team meet once every half term with Mrs Sowden and some parents from our school community. Within these meetings, children are responsible for articulating and explaining to the parents their understanding of the school vision and how it is expressed in the day-to-day life of the school. The children make suggestions and put actions into place to further develop this.
The Ethos team also represent the school during Remembrance Day services at the cemetery.
The Eco team is led by Mrs Rixon. The children meet regularly with her and have worked with Devon Wildlife Trust in the past couple of years to improve our environment. They also take part in the ‘Great Big School Clean’ where they pledge to collect a certain amount of bags of rubbish. They involve their peers in this and share how recycling can help the planet.
Peer mediators in Year 6 are trained by Mrs Heagarty in the Autumn term. Within these sessions, children are taught how to resolve conflict between younger children and help them to make friends again. The children are encouraged to seek adult support if a situation arises which they can’t resolve.
Mr Upston delivers training to the whole of Year 6 in September and then children are asked to sign up to work as sports’ leaders supporting Years 1,2,3 and 4 at lunchtimes playing games and demonstrating teamwork and cooperation.
Each year group has the responsibility of creating and delivering an assembly for special occasions throughout the Year. For example, Year 6 led the Platinum Jubilee celebrations by learning a Linde hop dance; finding out historical facts about the Queen and placing them on a timeline.