We know that the only way we really find out if a child is happy, feeling safe and taking part in the full life of our community is for the school to be certain that it hears the voices of children, especially those most vulnerable. We make sure that we listen to children in our school and respond to what they say in a number of ways, including:
- clear policies and systems to support children in expressing any worries or concerns that they have: giving children the right to choose a preferred adult to talk to
- talking to children and/or groups of children after lesson observations to understand their experience of the lesson
- inviting children to make personal contributions to their Annual Review meetings, for example, though a video montage or power point presentation.
- doing an annual pupil questionnaire on “pupil voice” – giving children their say
- encouraging children to respond to feedback given through developmental marking
- agreeing with them individual targets
- making sure that our school Council is inclusive and represents the whole of our community
- ensuring that our safeguarding procedures are strong and that all staff are well trained
In 2014-15 we will begin to use the WIKI website project with pupils who have an Education Health and Care Plan – this helps everyone supporting the child and family to share information and listen to their views.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (Listening to children and young people with SEN/D)
Q. Who can my child talk to if s/he is worried about something?
A. We make sure that every child has at least one adult with whom they can talk and share any worries or anxieties. We will often provide a mentor for a child through our ‘Skills for Life’ programme if that is helpful for them.
Q. What should I do if my child says that they do not want to come to school?
A. Talk to your child about any worries or concerns they may have. The first point of contact is the class teacher, who can address any concerns your child has shared or use their relationship with your child to encourage them in to the class. The class teacher will seek appropriate support if the issues are wider.