The term pupil leadership refers to education principles and practices that reflect the importance of providing children with the opportunities and support to play a role in making the decisions that affect them. The principles of effective pupil leadership include:
- Recognising that pupils have logical perspectives and opinions on issues that matter in the classroom, in the school, and in the community.
- Giving pupils an active role in influencing decisions about these issues as well as in the implementation of these decisions.
- Enabling pupils to participate as active young citizens.
- Evidence suggests that when pupils engage with pupil leadership programmes that have a positive impact, their capacity for learning increases. With this in mind, St. Joseph’s pupils are all given the opportunity to play an active role in the life of the school and contribute to many areas of our school community. Our Pupil Leadership opportunities reflects our commitment to our Catholic values and ethos ‘that every child is special and has God given talents and skills.’
It allows every child to aspire to be member of a Pupil Leadership Team and to make a positive difference to their school community each and every day! Bringing alive our mission statement “with Jesus at the centre of all we do and say”
Next time you visit us, have a look at our Leaders display boards and look out for our pupils wearing our pupil leader badges and ask them what role they play!