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At Tinsley Meadows, we have a pupil leadership team comprised of different committees, who were elected by their peers to help us to collect the ideas of all the children in school, ensuring that their voices and opinions are heard. Through our pupil leadership team, we strive to create confident and articulate leaders who feel empowered to help make decisions that will have a positive impact on the school and their community. Below are the different pupil leadership teams we now have in school and some of their main duties.
Rights Respecting Ambassadors
Our Rights Respecting Ambassadors are children from each class (Year 1 to Year 6), who were chosen by their peers to ensure Tinsley Meadows is a Rights Respecting school. They have helped us to recently achieve the UNICEF UK Rights Respecting School’s Bronze Award and will assist us with implementing our silver action plan.
Our Rights Respecting Ambassadors represent their classes at meetings throughout the year and hold a number of responsibilities:
- Developing children’s awareness of the articles within UN Convention on the Rights of a Child
- Helping to develop class charters focussed on respecting children’s right
- Selecting a ‘Right of the Week’ to focus on in class each week
- Delivering assemblies on children’s rights to their classes
- Creating posters/flyers to inform pupils and parents about the rights of a child
- Organising fundraising events and a ‘Right Respecting Day’ in school
Rights Respecting Award
Tinsley Meadows is in the process of becoming a Rights Respecting School! We have recently been awarded the UNICEF UK Rights Respecting School’s Bronze Award: Rights Committed. We are now working toward achieving the Silver Award.
The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of a school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos. The UNCRC is a list of rights that all children, everywhere in the world, have. The rights on this list are all the things that children and young people need to make sure they are healthy, happy and safe.
A rights-respecting school not only teaches about children’s rights, but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between adults and children, between children themselves, and between adults themselves.
Our Rights Respecting Steering Group also known as RRSA Ambassadors are a group of children from across the school who work to ensure that all members of our school community are made aware of the rights afforded to them through the UNCRC. They also help ensure that Tinsley Meadows Primary Academy respect the rights of others, making our school a happier, safer and more respectful place to learn and work.
Our Learning Leaders are children from each class (Year 1 to Year 6), who are chosen by their peers to represent their class. As part of their role, they attend regular meetings throughout the year, gather opinions from their class and help with making important decisions about how to improve teaching and learning.
Our Learning Leaders:
- Promote the school’s core values
- Select a child who has completed an excellent piece of work to receive the ‘Super Star Learner of the Week’ award in
- Provide regular feedback to the senior leadership team about what they have been learning
- Suggest ways in which school could make learning even more exciting
- Speak to visitors and explain what they have been learning
- Assist with interviews for selecting new staff
Healthy Minds Champions
Our Healthy Minds Champions are children from each class (Year 3 to Year 6), who are chosen by their peers to represent their class. As part of their role, they attend regular meetings throughout the year, gather opinions from their class and help with making important decisions about how to make sure everyone is happy in school.
Some activities that the Healthy Minds chamions take part in throughout the year are:
- Create a healthy minds questionnaire for all pupils to complete
- Create a healthy mind plan to promote and improve the emotional well- being of children across school from the questionnaire responses
- Be observant of pupils and staff across school completing good deeds and to participate in awarding random acts of kindness
- Create and promote a checklist for children to promote good emotional and mental health
- Experience mindfulness and relaxation techniques and develop skill and confidence to pass these onto other children
Our peer mediators are children who have been trained to help resolve conflicts within the school playground using mediation. The mediation process involves two peer mediators sitting in a quiet area with the children involved and helping them to find a resolution. Our peer mediators can help solve a number of minor disputes in the playground; however, if the mediators feel they are not equipped to deal with the conflict then it is referred to a member of staff. Please note that a member of staff always deals with physical altercations.
Our Digital Leaders are children from Key Stage 2, who were selected to help educate their peers about staying safe online Before starting their role, they attend training where they complete seven core modules on essential online safety issues and topics. They then attend regular meetings and share their ideas on how we can promote internet safety across school.
Our Reading Champions are children from Key Stage 2, who were chosen by their peers to represent their class. They are children who love reading and help us promote reading for pleasure across school.
Our Reading Champions’ responsibilities include:
- Helping to organise whole-school reading events
- Sharing book reviews with their class
- Selecting a ‘Reading Journal Activity of the Week’ each week
- Handing out weekly reading challenges
Our Maths Champions are children from Key Stage 2, who are chosen by their peers to represent their class. They are children who enjoy maths and want to promote a love of maths across school.
Our Maths Champions’ responsibilities include:
- Helping to organise whole-school maths events
- Leading maths games each week in their class
- Providing feedback on maths lessons
- Encouraging children to get involved in class tournaments on Times Table Rockstars
- Handing out and marking weekly maths challenges