At Stratford 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. Children’s voice is valued and promoted – each academic year, our children 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 children to develop as individuals, as a community and grow the school as a whole.
We have developed a range of leadership opportunties for our children. For some of our leadership positions, children 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.
2022-2023 Leadership Roles
|How group is formed
|Head Boy and Head Girl
|This role is selected by the senior leadership team following consultation with teaching staff.
|Children’s Leadership Team
|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.
|Children in Key Stage 2 all share the lunch duty on a rota. This fosters the sense of responsibility and community.
|Children in Year 5 & 6 are invited to apply to be trained on running organised games at playtime and lunchtime led by our PE teacher and Learning Mentor.
|Applications from Year 3 to Year 6 so that each class has a Digital Leader representative. This group focuses on online safety and behaviour as well as new technology and applications. Applications for our new team open in Spring 2023
|Reading Ambassadors/ Pupil Librarians
|A new team for this year. This team will apply and will work to promote reading as well as managing a budget to replenish books based on children’s interests. They’ll also support wider reading initiatives including our work with the London Children’s Book Project.
|The children are selected after application and work on school based and wider eco- initiatives including recycling and energy use and raising awareness of important environmental issues.
|Launching in May 2022, applications have received from children in Years 4 to 6 who will take responsibility to prepare, write and publish the weekly newsletter as well as having a wider remit for reporting on school events.
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.
History of Head Boy and Head Girl
2018-19: Tasnim and Wafee
2019-20: Jahaan and Ariana
2020-21: Halima and Tiyanno | Deputies: Georgie and Eloisa
2021-22: Sarah and Thomas | Deputies: Angela and Isla
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.
Our 2022-2023 Team
How is it organised?
Children who want to be a member of the Children’s Leadership Team from Years 2 to 6 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.
Year 1 are not eligible to join the Children’s Leadership Team. However, once the CLT has been elected, Year 1 classes 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 / supporting other child-led teams.
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. These are led by the head boy and head girl.
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
Video Messages from our previous Head Girl, Head Boy and Deputy Head Children