‘Pupil voice’ refers to ways of listening to the views of children and/or involving them in decision-making. We believe in engaging children as active participants in their education and in making a positive contribution to our school and local community is vitally important.
St. Patrick's is committed to the promotion and protection of children’s rights, in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. It believes that children and young people should have opportunities to express their opinion in matters that affect their lives. Some of the benefits of involving children in decision making are:
• It encourages children to become active participants in a democratic society – school council meetings develop skills such as co-operation and communication and encourage children to take responsibility for their learning, behaviour and environment.
• It contributes to achievement and attainment – participative work benefits children in a range of different ways. For example: increasing confidence, self-respect, competence and an improved sense of responsibility.