At KFJS, we regularly use the language of our core-values and learning behaviours; this is shown through displays, marking, assemblies and spoken language.
Children are involved in drawing up class charters, and the discussion around the rights and responsibilities associated with these.
Our pupils were also involved in the evolution of our Learning Behaviours, deciding amongst themselves what behaviours will make them better learners.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets weekly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. The council is able to genuinely effect change within the school. The council members for each year group are voted in by their class.
Pupils are also listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern for each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard.
Pupils have a twice yearly questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school. Results of the survey are given back to the pupils for discussion.
Members of our school council are always involved in interviewing potential new staff members. Indeed their questions are often harder to answer than the staff questions!
Pupils voted for a charity that we now support as a school- “Sebastian’s Action Trust”, for which we have raised several thousand pounds.
We have an annual whole-school democracy project, where each class decides how they would further improve our school. The classes present their ideas to the whole school, and then each child has a vote.
We also encourage political involvement within school. Our local MP, Maria Miller, has visited our school several times, most recently in March 2015.
In April 2015, we took 68 pupils to the Houses of Parliament. The pupils had to apply for a place. This will become an annual visit.
Pupils are regularly asked questions about their learning in pupil conferencing sessions. We seek their views to improve our school.
Pupils also have the opportunity to apply for positions, such as ‘Junior Road Safety Officer’.
The curriculum itself actively promotes democracy, often explicitly so such as the Greeks project.
One pupil wrote to 10 Downing Street to express his views about education, and received a reply from the PM’s Correspondence Officer.