We want all pupils, not only those involved in the School Council, to have the opportunity to discuss school issues and to form their own ideas and opinions about aspects of school life through conversation with staff and their peers. For this reason we have developed a systematic consultation process, ‘The Big Conversation’, to involve all pupils in school self-evaluation and development. The topic for discussion is determined half-termly by suggestions from pupils and in liaison with SLT.
On the day of The Big Conversation an assembly is led by a member of the Senior Leadership Team to feed back any changes or decisions resulting from the last event and to remind everybody of the core purpose of the process. The new topic for discussion is then introduced, but not explored, and everyone is reminded of the ‘rules’ agreed for ensuring a successful exchange.
Miss Dunne and Miss Wilson visit each class and lead a discussion about the topic. Pupils with Special Educational Needs, who may find this type of activity difficult, are support by a TA, either in or out of the classroom as appropriate.
The key ideas from each class are collated for further discussion and decision-making by the School Council, Senior Leadership Team and staff.
You can see our Big Conversation reports by clicking on the links below.