Pupil Voice

Head Boy and Head Girl

Najeeb and Mashkurat were elected to be the Head Boy and Head Girl of RAPS. After the role was introduced to Year 6 they self-nominated and recommended pupils who would make suitable Head Boys and Head Girls. Each child wrote and read a speech to Year 6 and explained why they wanted to be Head Boy or Head Girl. The first round of nominations was held in Year 6 and this helped narrow it down to 3 potential Head Boys and 3 Potential Head Girls.

The finalists wrote and performed a final speech. Below are the selected Councillors speeches:

The speech Mashkurat made for her school council nomination.
The speech Najeeb made for his school council nomination.

A Second round of nominations was held by Year 6 and Staff took part. This helped select our final winners, Najeeb and Mashurat.

All children who took part in the selection process should be incredibly proud of themselves as it was not an easy decision for anyone to make.

School Council

School Councillors are elected in class at the end of each academic year. School Councillors are responsible for telling classes about proposed changes in school and gathering their thoughts and votes.

The School Council wrote an action plan to decide how they plan to improve the school this year .

In October KS2 School Council members attended the Children’s Anti-Bullying Conference. The theme was ‘All Different, All Equal’. They learned about the positive and negative consequences of uploading videos to YouTube, how vulnerable adults can be victims of bullying and the role of Young Carers.

Playground Squad

At Richard Avenue Primary School we have a playground squad. This is a team of Y6 pupils who help children at playtime or lunchtime.

The Playground Squad for 2017/2018

Our Playground Squad wear caps and badges so they are easily seen by other pupils. They apply for the job, are interviewed at the end of Y5 and then are trained for the playground. The Playground Squad are trained to play with children, help people who are lonely or upset and how to get help from an adult. We have a friendship stop where the Playground Squad help pupils. We also have playtime rules displayed on the infant and junior yard.

Two members of the Playground Squad are also members of the Anti-bullying Team. This helps us as a school to identify any bullying problems and playtime and lunchtime.

Prefects

Our prefects at RAPs are very important.

The School Prefects for 2017/2016

At the end of Year 5 pupils who want to be a prefect have to write and present their prefect manifesto to the other pupils in our school. The rest of the pupils score the Year 5 pupils. The prefects are then selected by their scores from the manifesto and by staff who know their strengths. When they are in Year 6 and have special jobs throughout the school to help other children and teachers. They help to make the school be organised. Being a prefect is good experience for pupils because it helps them to be more responsible.

Anti-Bullying

Anti-Bullying is taken very seriously at Richard Avenue Primary School . All pupils and all staff are an important active element of our anti-bullying strategy. We have an Anti-bullying Team, Playground Squad, School Councillors and Prefects As a school we identify, recognise and remove bullying. We promote understanding of anti-bullying so that our school is safe for children. Children explore bullying and ways of resolving disagreements or what to do if they think they are being bullied.

Children learn about anti-bullying in a range of different ways:

  • Personal, Social, Health and Economic lessons-Circle time
  • Literacy-Reading, Writing, Drama and role
  • Family Groups-mixed aged groups
  • Anti-bullying Week
  • Visits and visitors

“Pupils have a clear understanding of the school’s systems to manage behaviour and are aware of the different types of bullying they may encounter, including cyber bullying. They are confident that should any bullying occur, it would be quickly resolved by staff.

The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is outstanding. It is typified by the harmonious and friendly atmosphere around the school. Pupils report they feel very safe in school and know how to stay safe out of school. Pupils have very good knowledge about the safe use of the internet and social networking sites.”

Ofsted Report

Resources & Information Websites

The following websites are a useful source of information and advice for professionals, children and young people. Some sites also have resources available to support whole school and classroom activities.

www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk

www.antibullyingweek.co.uk

www.bullying.co.uk

www.childline.org.uk/explore/bullying/pages/bullying.aspx

www.antibullyingpro.com/

www.education.gov.uk/aboutdfe/advice/f0076899/preventing-and-tackling-bullying

www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/behaviour/bullying

www.kidscape.org.uk/

www.respectme.org.uk

www.counselling-directory.org.uk/bullying.html