Planning how to use Person Centred Thinking tools to consult with children & their families, to inform the School Development Plan
The way we usually involve children in the School Development Plan is through the School Council, and we involve parents through an annual questionnaire.
This year, we want to build on our success with Person Centred Reviews, and we are going to use the same headings with families and children in our Community Assembly. We will then develop these further in each class.
Our Community Assembly takes place on the last Friday in each month, and we invite parents and relatives to join us for a celebration of our school, and then to join us in our staff room for tea, coffee and cakes.
This Friday, having seen our cheerleaders and a heard a pupil play the piano, we will focus on what people like about the school, and what is going well. (Like and Admire/ What is working). Parents will be given a piece of paper and a pen as they arrive, to record their thoughts about what is working and these will be collected in at the end of the assembly. Children will have the opportunity to share their ideas with a ‘shoulder partner’ and then so children from each class will come up to share their ideas.
These ideas will be fed back to parents via the Friday Issue which is a weekly newsletter. They will also be developed in classes, as children will work together to identify the top three things that are working really well. This will then move into the top three things that they would like to change at school in the next year. This information will be considered as part of the process we go through to create a new school development plan. Each class will get feedback on their ideas, with a focus on the part their ideas played in the plan, and what is going to happen next.
We are exited about using person centred thinking tools in this way, and is part of embedding a person centred culture throughout the school.