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Pupil Voice

Pupil Voice Spring 2022 

Staff and Trustees recognise the importance of safeguarding our children in all aspects of school life. Our vision and ethos for our Academy Trust is to ensure that we provide a safe, nurturing environment where children can enjoy and learn so that all children can achieve their potential. We recognise the importance of listening to our children and pupil voice is regularly used to inform us of children’s thoughts, feelings and ideas; this informs future practice and areas that we can strengthen further.

We have recently given the children a ‘Feeling Safe’ questionnaire. We have analysed the results and taken time to talk to some children about their answers. We will follow up now with some circle time sessions in each class where children will have an opportunity to talk about how they feel in school. We will also continue to teach children how to keep safe in school, out of school and online.

We would like to share some of the results with you and below you will see how children answered some of the questions.

Do you feel safe in school?  98% of children said yes.

We have spoken to the one child (2% ) who said that they were unsure. This child said that you could get hurt on the playground. We have spoken to all children about keeping safe and managing games at playtime safely in circle time, PHSE activities and assemblies.

Are you worried about Covid? 19% of children said no. 50% said yes and 31% are unsure.

Children were worried that they or their family would be ill particularly older family members including grandparents. Some children were worried that they would not be able to come to school. Some children were worried as their family or friends had Covid when we were asking. Some children had already had Covid and worried that they would catch it again. Some children worried that cases were still rising, and we had cases in school.

We would ask you to work with us in reassuring children when they talk about their worries around Coronavirus. Our Recovery curriculum continues to promote children’s mental health, well-being and resilience. Staff and trustees recognise that the pandemic has impacted negatively on some children and families’ emotional resilience and well-being, and we will continue to reassure and develop children’s confidence and self- awareness and resilience over the year.

Who can you talk to in school if you are worried about something?

Every child was able to name people in school and out of school who they could talk to if they were worried. Children used the term ‘trusted adult.’

Who makes sure that you are safe at playtimes and lunchtimes?

All children could name the adults who ensure that they are safe at playtimes and lunchtimes.

They could tell us what they need to do if the fire alarm goes off or if there is a lock down.

Please see below for the full results of our Feeling Safe Pupil Voice Survey.

This term children were involved in a Feeling Safe assembly and activities that reinforced the importance of keeping safe in and outside of school. Our ‘Feeling Safe’ display in our main reception area shows children know how to keep safe and recognises how British values of tolerance, democracy, freedom and rules interweave throughout all aspects of the schools wider curriculum.