Pupil Voice at Edward Bryant School
At Edward Bryant School we make sure that the children's' voices are heard and they are involved in the day to day running of the school. This is achieved through School Council and Peer Mediation programmes.
The Edward Bryant School Council is a group of students who are elected to represent the views of all pupils and to improve our school. Each year, every class will elect a representative to be a member of the School Council.
The object of our School Council is to help the children to:
feel that their school responds to their needs and views.
enjoy and feel empowered by their education.
have the opportunity to let adults know their feelings and opinions about things that affect them.
have a say about decisions, and to play an active role in making their school a better place.
develop life skills through participation.
Class meetings are held regularly and chaired by the class’s elected chairperson. Meeting agendas include feedback from recent School Council activities, and a chance for the children to suggest ideas that they feel could improve the school.
The school council has been involved in lots of activities: including the development of safety rules for outside equipment, purchasing new playground toys and making improvements to the school’s curriculum.
Councillors also attend the annual FAB School (Felpham and Bognor Schools) Council Days. This year the day was centred around the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, especially the right to nutritious food (Articles 6, 24 and 27).
The groups found out about how the charity ‘Free the Children UK’ fund raises for, and then buys and distributes goats for families in Africa. The children made their own cardboard and clay goats, drew posters and took part in lots of physical activities around the theme. Below are a few pictures from the FAB day.
Peer Mediation at Edward Bryant School
At Edward Bryant School, peer mediation is at the core of how we manage children’s behaviour. Peer mediation is a conflict resolution technique that trains children to resolve conflicts through discussion, reflection and brainstorming.
In our school, we teach the children the many different aspect of conflict resolution. Our Year 6 children have the opportunity to become volunteer mediators and work with their peers to help resolve low level conflicts, address bullying, and help make our school a calmer and friendlier place to be.
The scheme is also supported by school staff who have received mediation skills training.
Peer Mediation has proved to be a powerful, positive initiative because it offers effective life skills, conflict resolution tools and support to behaviour strategies in our school.
To find out more about Peer Mediation follow the link below.