Children as Leaders

At Manor, we recognise that our children are the leaders of the future and therefore provide a range of opportunities for children to develop their leadership skills. Pupil voice is valued and promoted – each academic year, pupils are given a platform to express the views of their school to help shape its development. We encourage all of our pupils to embrace the wide range of opportunities available to them – and always seek to find new ways that we can further empower our pupils. This enables our pupils to develop as individuals, as a community and grow the school as a whole. 

For some of our pupil leadership positions, pupils are elected by their peers through a democratic process. Others require children to apply for posts often requiring a written letter of application, giving a presentation and going through an interview process.

Currently, we have the following pupil leadership opportunities:

Head Boy and Head Girl

The Head Boy and Head Girl role was introduced in 2018. The children are selected by the school’s Senior Leadership Team following consultation with teaching staff. 


The Children’s Leadership Team (CLT)

The Children’s Leadership Team is an elected group of children who meet with school leaders to work on matters related to the school and the local community.

How is it organised?

Children who want to be a member of the Children’s Leadership Team in Key Stage 2 need to present to their peers and explain why they want to be a member of the leadership team. There will be two children from each class.  
Candidates will  give a formal speech/presentation to the whole class, explaining fully why they want to be on the CLT

After this, each class holds a secret ballot to elect their representatives for the CLT.

KS1 are not eligible to join the Children’s Leadership Team.  However, once the CLT has been elected each KS1 class will have a linked member of the team. This candidate will visit the class and take feedback and share with them information from the meetings in order to ensure that their voices are still heard.

Children’s Leadership Team Meetings

We will hold meetings at least every half term and discuss a whole range of issues including things like:

  • healthy eating in school
  • healthy lives
  • improving the playground
  • after school activities 
  • saving the environment

Meetings are held with members of the Senior Leadership Team (Mr Buckley, Ms Collins, Mrs Dunn & Ms McGee) but the children are encouraged to lead their own meetings face to face as well as using the dedicated Google Classroom area.

Why do we have a Children’s Leadership Team?

We believe that by having a Children’s Leadership Team, we believe our pupils have:

  • a safe, happy and fair learning environment;
  • a forum to voice their concerns and act upon them;
  • a structured opportunity to learn problem-solving skills;
  • an opportunity to take an active role in the organisation of the school
  • an opportunity to experience a democratic process

Our CLT should encourage pupils to develop:

  • a sense of ownership over policy and practice
  • a consensus over school issues such as behaviour
  • a responsibility towards the school community and environment

Our CLT will give pupils the experience of:

  • planning, organising and monitoring small projects
  • speaking and listening skills
  • debating skills
  • mediation and negotiating skills
  • basic budgeting and managing money