At Kestrel Mead, we place great value in providing our children with a voice and giving them the confidence to use it.
We are a Voice 21 school, meaning that we teach oracy within as we recognise that this is a valuable tool for learning; enabling children to become effective speakers and listeners, which enables them to better understand themselves and the world around them. This is woven through all aspects of the curriculum, including Votes for School. This is a weekly programme, which poses an age-appropriate topic question each week, which is then debated. Throughout the week, children will learn information about the topic that is being discussed and then vote on whether they agree or disagree with the questions.
At the beginning of every year, children are provided with the opportunity to nominate themselves for one of four democratically elected roles:
- Primary Leadership Team Leader
- Primary Leadership Team Deputy
- Eco Leader
- Wellbeing Leader
Throughout the year, these children listen to the voices of their class and feedback to the other leaders to affect change across the school.
We reward children for demonstrating our core values of curiosity, compassion, respect and resilience through dojos. Children will earn badges throughout their time at Kestrels and aspire to earn ambassador status in year 6.