The term pupil leadership refers to education principles and practices that reflect the importance of providing children with the opportunities and support to play a role in making the decisions that affect them. The principles of effective pupil leadership include:
- Recognising that pupils have logical perspectives and opinions on issues that matter in the classroom, in the school, and in the community.
- Giving pupils an active role in influencing decisions about these issues as well as in the implementation of these decisions.
- Enabling pupils to participate as active young citizens.
There is much evidence to suggest that when pupils engage with pupil leadership programmes that have a positive impact their capacity for learning increases. With this in mind, ALL Parish pupils from Year 1 are all given the opportunity to play an active role in the life of the school and contribute to many areas of our effective school community through our 'Rainbow Leaders'. Our Rainbow Leaders approach reflects our commitment to our 7 Rainbow Promises – especially ‘Inspiring Aspirations’. It allows every child from Y1-Y6 to be a member of a Pupil Leadership Team and to make a difference to their school community each and every day!
Next time you visit us, have a look at our 'Rainbow Leaders Display', look out for our pupils wearing our pupil leader badges and ask them what role they play!