The future for our young leaders looks bright. We are passionate about providing our children with opportunities to develop skills and attributes which will help them to undertake leadership responsibilities... both here and in the future. We also provide Year 6 children with the opportunity to train as young leaders on our Play Makers programme, Prefects, Blue Caps and School Council.
The children are encouraged to:
- learn more about yourself and others.
- give all children opportunities to recognise leadership skills in themselves and other people.
- develop new skills.
- learn more about relationships with their peer group, other children and adults.
Play Makers are shown a wide variety of different activities suitable for lunchtime play and also have the opportunity to create and invent their own games and activities. During this training time they are also taught how to maintain a happy and safe play environment.
We believe that prefects have a very important role to play in the day to day organisation of our school. Reflecting their relative maturity and influence, only Year Six pupils are allowed to apply for this position. The position not only allows the Year 6 pupils to lead by example and demonstrate their responsibility, it also enables the younger children to learn from a good example.
Typical responsibilities include:-
• Ensuring that children line up quietly, sensible and safely at the end of lunchtime and
• Working with classes during wet break times;
• Monitoring corridors and other areas to promote pupil safety and security;
• Working alongside teachers to promote positive behaviour.
Blue Caps are Year 6 children who make themselves available at lunchtimes to be peer mentors to children who are lonely, in conflict or distressed. They have been trained in the principles of restorative justice, which equips them to be good listeners and to encourage children to repair broken relationships.
At Earlsmead, pupil representatives that take part in Class and School Council meetings. These councils are in place so that pupils have a voice and are involved in decisions about the school that affect them. Through Class Council all pupils have the opportunity to raise issues, share ideas and take part in discussions that involve all of their classmates in reaching a democratic solution. Wider issues that arise at Class Council are discussed further at School Council, this ensures that as many pupil voices as possible are heard. Pupils at Earlsmead know that this is their school and their thoughts and ideas matter.