School is busy working towards our Investors in Pupils reaccreditation.
Active Citizenship is a key part of the Southroyd learning experience and we always encourage anyone who is part of school to contribute to its success. 'Investors' is about children taking control of their learning. They find out about the resources in school, including people who support them, and they develop an awareness of their own role. They work on their behaviour and learning through independent and class targets. A lot of the work takes place in assemblies and PSHCE. There are displays in every classroom and throughout the school to help us to keep focused.
We achieved the IiP in previous years, and you can read the previous reports below.
Final Reports 2019, 2015 and 2013
Each classroom displays their own personal targets and also their own rules, which are determined in discussion with the class.
Investors in Pupils Ethos
All the staff and children in our school understand the principles of Investors in Pupils and we build these into our annual calendar , daily practice and ethos. We recruit our teachers expecting them to know about, understand and believe in the principles of Investors in Pupils. We hope to encourage our parents to role model Active Citizenship for their children and be actively involved in school life so that they can encourage their children to do the same.
What will you find in each IiP Classroom?
Each Classroom has the following that you can look at and talk to your child about:
■A Mission statement/ Class charter written by the pupils and shared rules/expectations.
■A class target and each pupil needs to be aware of personal targets set by the pupils
■An induction booklet / resource written or produced by the pupils
■Pupils should know about the adults who help us in school including the different roles staff take. In addition we try to ensure they feel part of the wider school community and are aware of other people who help them like Governors, Friends of Southroyd School, volunteers from Pudsey Church and Reading Friends,
■How they can take responsibility in the school at an age appropriate level.
■What the school spends it’s budget on.
Communication of IiP to Parents is an important part of the IiP process. Here are some examples from the School Newsletter to share our projects.
With pupil voice being a key part of Investors in Pupils, the children met as class and then school council to update, edit and modify the Anti-Bullying posters which they have developed over the last 9 years.
Children added some changes to the wording and presentation to make the information clear and up-to-date for all, with a Ks1 and Ks2 version.
The children need an age appropriate understanding of what School Budget is. We used Big Talk to set the question, and discussed what role we all have to be responsible towards the spending of the school budget. On November 27th Mr Thorne from the School Governing Body and Mr Lambert, site superintendent, came in to explain more about the way in which the school budget is spent. The children realised the responsibility they had for reducing the costs and making the most of monies spent.
Here is the list compiled by Class and School Council for the week of 3.12.18
- Look after and respect all school property – so doesn’t need replacing
- Put lids on pens and glue sticks – or they dry out
- Don’t over sharpen pencils
- Use both sides of paper
- Use scrap paper – especially in Golden Time
- Be careful with playground equipment and return it carefully afterwards
- Reduce amount of energy wasted – turn lights off, bring in a bottle for water, turn machines off, don’t have radiators on and windows open
- In bathrooms don’t waste paper towels, toilet paper and soap – don’t waste water
- Look for interesting ways to fund raise to help the school
Takeover Week began on Friday 23rd November, with 38 tasks from a variety of adults around school, matched carefully by school council. There were 98 applications from children, who answered the questions set by school council on why they should be chosen to takeover a particular task. School Council met on November 15th to match the best applications for each job and children across school find out more about the roles and responsibilities of some of the many adults within Southroyd. Click here to go tour Takeover Week page.
On the week of December 3rd Big Talk asked the question, "Who helps make Southroyd be the best it can be?" We held an assembly and raised the questions in Big Talk for the children to develop their understanding further about all the people who help us around school.
We value pupil voice at Southroyd, which is a key part of Investors in Pupils. As well as having our internal class and school council. with an active pupil voice, we also take part in wider pupil voice activities like the Youth Summit at the Civic Hall.
KS2 set a target to improve their behaviour at break and lunchtimes - with the help from school council, the children will monitor their improvement and ensure that they respect all the outside rules.
Over 130 children stood for School Council this year - children had the responsibility to vote during the day of October 3rd, at the school polling booths. This followed a couple of weeks of canvassing and poster campaigning.
Roles and Responsibilities
Children take important roles within the school, to take on responsibility and learn about additional tasks and points of view. As well as classroom monitors and eco-monitors, we also introduced the sport crew to support playtime games.
Children developed mission statements as part of their IIP work.
We believe that taking part in the programme helps our children achieve high standards in their education and equips them with important life skills.
The Investors In Pupils award is based on five “key areas”:
- *Classroom Management
As part of our Investors in Pupils work, pupils are encouraged to share their ideas and take responsibility for their class and their learning. They set their class rules and create a guide to their class at the beginning of the school year. They also set a class target which is regularly reviewed to ensure they continually aim high to be the best they can be!
As part of Investors in Pupils, classes develop their own Induction materials for new members of the class to read when they join the school. This is a nice way to celebrate the community of a class and also a really helpful and welcoming guide to any new comers.