Children’s Leadership

Champions of Change

At Zaytouna Primary School, our School Parliament forms an integral part of the school where all the members play an important part in school life and school improvement.

Our aim is to give children the right to say what they think should happen and to have their opinion taken into consideration when adults are making decisions that may affect them.

At Zaytouna Primary School, we will always listen to the voice of our children and respect their views. We implement this by holding annual School Parliament Elections where representatives are elected for each year.

The School Parliament meet every two weeks and take information, ideas and questions back to their year group.

Our communication channels are – School Parliament notice board, questionnaires/surveys to pupils or specific year groups, school newsletters, e-mails and the school website.

The impact of our School Parliament has improved the school environment while promoting leadership, responsibility, and self-esteem. It also provides a sense of community and increased respect for everyone.

We are very proud of all our children at Zaytouna and always will be.

Leaders of Learning

At Zaytouna, we value pupils’ opinions and experiences. Our Leaders of Learning allow us to hear opinions from across all key stages, give children the opportunity to pitch their ideas for change and give the wider school community a valued spokesperson.

Our aim is for the children to take an active role in the teaching and learning that takes place around the school.

Members are given the opportunity to go ‘behind the scenes’ of how lessons are planned, work is assessed and classrooms are designed. They are given chances to discuss what they think about their own classroom experience, while also debating and critiquing teaching practice from other classrooms and year groups.

The Leaders of Learning meet on a half-termly basis and participate in a range of tasks and activities: designing and analysing pupil voice questionnaires, evaluating exercise books from across school and exploring classroom environments.

These meetings have had a valuable impact in a range of ways. Discussion notes and pupil voice data has been used to make changes in areas such as behaviour rewards, implementation of virtual blended learning and even the distribution of assessment results within classrooms.

It has also developed leadership, collaboration and oracy skills for our members and the wider school community.

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