Children as Leaders
Shaping the Future
At Styal, 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. We believe that nurturing children's sense of responsibility and willingness to lead is a key element of preparing children to become productive and considerate citizens in the wider world.
All children are expected to take responsibility by:
- tidying the classroom
- helping with classroom jobs
- taking messages to the office
- collecting snacks from the kitchen
The habits that children learn and practise when they are growing up follow them through into adulthood.
Key Leadership Roles
- School Council
- ECO Gang
- Games Makers
- Lunch Servers
- Wellbeing Champions
- House Captains
Our School Council is an elected group of children who represent their class at regular meetings discussing a wide range of school issues. It gives our children the opportunity to be involved in decisions about the school, allows them to make suggestions and voice opinions about issues that concern them. School Council have the chance to develop areas of school priority or importance.
We strive to craft confident and articulate leaders who can share their views to any audience and apply their leadership skills to real life situations. At Styal, each year, two School Council members share the impact of their work with the school governors at a Full Governing Board meeting.
Being a Styal ECO Gang member offers our children the exciting opportunity to promote and look after our school, local and global environments. Their responsibility is to raise awareness and ensure the school community is eco-friendly.
In 2022 - 23, the group intend to continue their work on litter and water usage. Other priorities include recycling, having more energy efficient classrooms and developing a 'no mow' area in the school grounds complete with pollinator friendly plants.
At lunch times, Games Makers initiate games with KS1 and KS2. They help our midday assistants make our dinner times fun and enjoyable. They organise playground games and activities for children to participate in and work together too think of new, exciting activities for lunch times. Our Games Makers benefit from training to lead the younger children.
Our Year 6 children help to welcome and support our youngest Reception children into our Styal family. They are a source of help, become good role models and support the new intake of children into life at Styal especially at break and dinner time. Their letters of welcome are always well recieved and their attendance at the Teddy Bears' Picnic on one of the transition visits helps to build their bond.
When provided with these opportunities, we have seen children develop strong leadership skills and they are proud of the impact they have on younger pupils - preparing them well for high school and the future beyond.