The idea has been developed from a book called ‘Creating Learning without limits’ written in part by a Headteacher of a 1 form entry primary school in Hertfordshire which has been graded by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’ in 3 consecutive inspections!
All children and staff have been allocated a colour group. The children are vertically grouped based on the 6 rainbow colours (not Red as it’s the school colour) They will remain in this group for the whole time they are at Ocklynge.
Each group will be joined by several adults as equal members. In fact all members of the groups should be equal. Initially, the first 2 or 3 meetings, the groups will be led by an adult, after that by Year 6 children. The purpose of the groups is to provide every child with a voice and an opportunity to have their say in school matters
When these ‘Rainbow Group’ meetings take place all staff will need to join one, every member of the school will be taking part. They will last 20 minutes. Initially the year 6 and 5 children will be organised to help the younger children find their venue!
The system is radically different from a traditional school council structure but is, in effect, a pupil council in which all children and adults are listened to and their opinions valued and acted upon. The listening culture across the school can then start to evolve.
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