Rosebank is currently working towards the award of Investors in Pupils and I would like to tell you a little bit more about it.
What is Investors in Pupils?
It is a charter mark which all schools in the country can work towards but it originated in Leeds.
It is designed to develop pupils’ responsibility and participation in their own education.
It can empower all pupils, increase motivation and contribute to raising standards.
Investors at Rosebank
We recognised that we already had many of the important features embedded into our ethos, but that we could improve these still further. We particularly wanted to involve the pupils more in the running of their school, by improving their understanding of how our school works and the roles of the adults within it. We felt this would further improve relationships across the school at all levels.
Each class has its own Investors in Pupils display board which contains:
- A statement about how they want their class to be. (“Vision/Mission Statement”)
- Individual pupil targets – set by the children themselves.
- A class target, where everyone’s efforts count towards its achievement.
- An Induction Book – that explains the timings and details of each class (to help new children and staff settle in)
In addition the children are aware of how attendance impacts on behaviour and achievement. Through weekly assemblies the children receive updates on their own class’s attendance figure and the class with the best attendance gets a reward at the end of the year. There is a display in the hall to show this.
We have also had lots of assemblies about how much it costs to educate us and where the money goes. The children have been thinking about how we can make sure we don’t waste resources and how to budget effectively. Each class now has a £20 budget per term which has money deducted from it for items lost and/or broken. Any money left at the end of the term can be used for something that the children choose (eg new games).
We feel that children should be as involved in the running of the school as possible and the children now carry out many jobs such as Food Ambassadors, Eco – Warriers and Office Assistants.
We hope that Investors in Pupils will give the children an understanding of what is involved in running a school and how all members of staff and all children are valuable members of our school community. We hope they will see themselves as active participants in their learning and it will provide them with valuable skills for life.
If you want to know more about Investors in Pupils I am sure your child(ren) will be able to give you lots of information but please do not hesitate to contact me or Mrs Young.