Pupils put forward their ideas for working together

April 28 2017

PUPILS from schools in Bristol, including Bishop Road, St Bonaventure’s, Westbury Park and Redland Green, presented their ideas about cross school projects they’d like to see happen to senior teachers gathered together at the Bristol Pavilion for a NW24 Super School Teaching and Learning Partnership collaboration meeting.

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PUPILS from schools in Bristol, including Bishop Road, St Bonaventure’s, Westbury Park and Redland Green, presented their ideas about cross school projects they’d like to see happen to senior teachers gathered together at the Bristol Pavilion for a NW24 Super School Teaching and Learning Partnership collaboration meeting.

An empowering children’s conference was held in March at St John’s C of E Primary School where pupils were encouraged to set their own enrichment agenda children’s conference. School council reps, from primary and secondary, mainstream and special needs schools, shared ideas for cross school projects. Organised into six categories (Charity and the Community, Sports, The Arts, STEM, Languages and Random) the reps pooled and developed the ideas they had brought, held a final vote and shortlisted the best. 

Three ideas from each category were pitched by a final team of twelve school council reps to school leaders attending the full NW24 Conference 2017: Empowering Pupils, Enriching Lives, on April 4. Governors, headteachers, deputy headteachers and Cllr Claire Hiscott, Bristol Cabinet Member for Skills and Education listened to the proposals pitched on the day. The school leaders have already pledged to deliver as many as they consider viable over the next academic year. 

Matt Simpson, elected member of Bristol’s Youth Parliament took part in the workshops and Bristol Youth Mayors, Jack Payne and Eve Szczelkun, made an address speaking about the opportunity to produce change and get involved in politics.

Jai and Urte, Y6 pupils from Bishop Road School presented their ideas about Sport, proposing an inter-school sport competition, coaching buddies and a NW24 Olympics. 

Jai said: “I think it might encourage younger kids to take up sport. It gives new opportunities for pupils and an idea of what the coaching might be like.”

Urte added: “Olympic and coaching buddies would be encouraging for the children.”

Mr Greenburgs, a teacher at Bishop Road School, said: “This is a new initiative since we’ve been having the school council in Bishop Road. It’s exciting because the children had to come together and think of all the ideas, discuss them and flesh out how the ideas might look in reality. It’s quite a big undertaking for the children but it’s really exciting to be a part of it.”

The NW24 group has been working to improve children's outcomes for the last three years and was formed out of a group of schools that already worked together informally and has continued to plough its own form of collaborative working.

Matt Simpson is a Y10 pupil at Redland Green School and believes that it helps both the students and staff if all the schools work together. Matt explained: “It gets the whole wider school community involved as it allows them to work together and get links with other schools.”

Redland Green Y9 pupil, India Garrett-Cox, added: “We went through them with the Super School Council and everyone brought ideas from their own schools which we bounced off each other. 

"We presented the section of Charity and Community which is important in getting students involved and learning about the wider community from a younger age and understanding what’s out there. I think it’s really good that we can get our ideas heard.” 

Bristol Gateway School pupils Georgia Max and Dante Thomas presented the Languages ideas, included exciting proposals for a world food day, a multi-school spelling bee and a story writing competition. 

Georgia said: “We are hoping that our ideas will be shared with all the schools - not just the six schools that came today so that hopefully we can collaborate better. It’s nice to get to know different people and children of different ages.”

Dante added: "It was great to see the primary school pupils and how creative and talented they are as a team.”