All research shows that children who feel their voices are heard while in school, achieve significantly better than those who feel education is something done to them.
For this reason, here at Mill Hill Primary Academy, pupil voice is taken very seriously indeed with a range of different ways for children to voice their ideas.
Every class has an elected school council representative who attends the school council each half term. Senior staff including the head teacher attend, with a formal agenda and minutes taken. School council representatives bring forward ideas and suggestions from their classes for discussion as well as feeding back to classes any ideas which are discussed.
Recent school council discussions have focussed on our new behaviour for learning policy, local charity support and reward day activities.
Our current head boy and head girl attend a range of in-school functions representing the student body as well as having regular meetings with senior members of staff including the head teacher.
There are now 15 children who have been trained as Peer Mediators and they can be recognised by the caps they wear during break and lunchtimes.
Peer Mediators work with any students who are experiencing difficulties with social interactions or simply want to discuss an issue with somebody of their own age. The programme is having a very positive impact on children at Mill Hill Primary Academy.