As an academy, we value the thoughts, ideas and opinions of all our children and the School Council is one way of ensuring their voices are heard and have an impact on the development and daily life of Dartford Primary Academy. Further to this, we aim to make our children active global citizens who show a passion for making changes, not only in their school community, but also within the wider global community. Becoming a member of the school council will help children to continue to develop the key learner profile attributes associated with the IB, making them balanced, open-minded communicators who are caring and reflective.
The Academy Council is chosen every year by pupils in a democratic vote in September. The School Council plays an active part in the life of the academy. They meet regularly to discuss ideas to improve school life. The Academy Council has a Chair and Vice Chair who write agendas and compile minutes.
The Academy Council have the opportunity to lead Academy assemblies to inform pupils of their plans and what they have achieved. They are also ambassadors for the Academy. Alongside this, they provide teachers with feedback through surveys and discussions regarding curriculum developments.
“The Academy Council is important, because we are supporting the school and are helping it to become outstanding. We are also a creative group of pupils, so we have lots of ideas to help raise money for charity” (Chair of the Academy Council).
“The Academy Council provides an opportunity for class representatives to tell us what we are doing well and what we still need to improve” (Vice Chair of the Academy Council).
Pupils are given many high quality opportunities to develop their curiosity and creativity. They are encouraged to use their imagination, for example when thinking of ways to praise a friend, and are taught to respect the feelings and viewpoints of others.
Pupils are engaged and motivated by the way teachers present and teach the well-planned curriculum. This not only ensures that good learning takes place but makes a strong contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Teaching assistants make a strong contribution to the good learning taking place, especially when pupils with special educational needs are taught in small groups outside the classroom. They work in very close partnership with teachers and bring an additional range of helpful skills and experiences into the classrooms.