Pupils invest in their future

Champs: Members of the school council at Longton Primary School
Champs: Members of the school council at Longton Primary School
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Investor in pupils is an award all about pupil voice.

On their website they say, ‘Investors in Pupils helps pupils find out about their school, the jobs of everyone in it and that the school has a budget. It supports them in setting targets for the class and for themselves whilst recognising the importance of the roles and responsibilities of everyone involved in their education, and how they as pupils can make a difference.’

In order to get the award you have to have a class target, individual target, an induction booklet, a class motto and understand why learning is important.

We have learned about the role of our governors, how our teachers learn and what school spends its money on. We did an assembly about the cost of resources and everyone was amazed at how much equipment for the classroom costs. We all agreed to take more care over things. At our school pupils are always making decisions, like interviewing new teachers, showing parents around, visiting other schools or planning playtime games and jobs.

What did everyone have to do?

It took over a year to create the changes in school and, although we have only been the Year 6 school councillors since September, it was our job to make sure it all run smoothly.

We have organised assemblies, charity events and run school council initiatives and meetings. Our file of work was huge, even from this short time. Everyone was very excited about the Investors In Pupils people coming round to view our wonderful school and we worked hard to make them feel welcome – as we do all visitors to school. We all contributed on the display boards and induction booklets so that it was all in our own words. All our school councillors did a great job in organising their classes so they could see them at the best of their ability.

It was a very busy day, we had to arrange lots of children to talk to the visitors, invite governors and parents to talk to them and check everything was going well. It was busy but great fun! We are all very proud of being awarded the Investors in Pupils because it means that our school is one of the best, well it is in our opinion.

There is only 1 other school near us – Layton Primary School that has also received the award so we are really happy. We also think it is very good because we now get a logo on the letters we send out saying Investors in Pupils so that everyone will know how hard we have worked. Our school is very lucky and we are thankful to have such nice teachers and a great Headteacher otherwise we probably wouldn’t have been awarded it. Come and see us anytime and we will show you all our hard work.