The Ash Tree Vision
What's the story?
Your voice represents you, people recognise you by your voice and the tone of your voice, the way you pronounce words and words you choose to use. The voice is a powerful instrument that can inspire, encourage and inform - but it can also destroy, belittle and intimidate. The empowering of children to use their voice is a difficult business. What if we give children a voice and they say things that we don’t agree with? Does the adult voice have more value than the child’s voice? Does parent voice have more value than staff voice? Is the support staff voice less valid than the teaching staff voice? Does age make a difference? Does experience? Is it all about how many other people say they agree with you? All these questions and many more need to be examined as part of our journey over the next three years to give voices and choices to the children and adults for Kippax Ash Tree.
Voice development needs to be done gradually and progressively. Children need to be shown how to use their voices, practice the process, hear other voices, recognizing difference and similarities. Emulation and practice is needed and then application and synthesis. Oration is a powerful skill and is not easily attained. Children will need different audiences and opportunities. Freedom of speech is a challenging concept but one that we will empower children. We need to give the voice, in order for children to vocalize their choice.
What is Pupil Parliament?
At Kippax Ash Tree we actively promote pupil leadership opportunities, enabling our children to develop valuable communication, organisation and debating skills. We believe that providing these key roles of responsibility are paramount to their development and learning experience. Pupils relish the opportunity to become a greater part of school life and enjoy making their voices heard.
Our successful Pupil Parliament is a well-respected body within the school and consists of eight pupils from Years 5 and 6; eight Members of parliament (MPs) and one Leader of the House. Children involved in our Pupil Parliament meet regularly to discuss topics, issues and initiatives that affect them and their learning environment. As part of their responsibilities, the team organise their own meetings, decide on an agenda, share new ideas and vote on a number of school-related issues.