Children have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council, who meet regularly.
Children are encouraged to make choices and take safe risks, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We teach them to take responsibility and explore freedoms granted by their own independence; and that this empowers them. Children are given the freedom to make choices, and taught how to challenge themselves in the right way, at the right time.
Respect is one of the core values in our Codnor Stars. Children take part in discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Posters around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy.
Support our Community is one of the core values in our Codnor Stars. 'Community' is explored in its widest sense - the small community at home; our school, church and local community; and the global community. Key messages emphasise the link between tolerance/respect and a happy, safe community. Children's understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society is part of our Curriculum Intent. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying are followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE.
Each year, our School Councillors are chosen by a vote.
In every class, candidates write and present a speech. Each class votes for the person they would like to represent them at School Council meetings. This is an important job with responsibility for different areas of school life. The group meet regularly and present their suggestions to members of staff and the headteacher.
One of our Governors secures the loan of an official ballot box, as used in real local elections.