Pupil Voice at Willow Dene

At Willow Dene we are committed to ensuring the voice of every child is heard. Pupil voice is a way of listening to and enabling the views of our children.  All of our work is child centred, so it is essential that the children have a role in ensuring our provision meets their needs. Adults are extremely skilled in hearing, interpreting and responding to our children.

Our children have diverse ways of communicating and our staff teams are dedicated to understanding and helping our children to express their needs, thoughts, feelings, choices and opinions. Staff work closely with children to ensure that they are acting as an advocate or listening for the underlying message, so that children are able to effectively share what they want to express. Children are confident and empowered to make their views known, are listened to, and are supported to bring about change through adults who know them exceptionally well. Using their  individual communication strategies, children are able to express, comment and share their views and feelings, contributing to their well-being, sense of achievement and ability to learn.

At Willow Dene, all our ‘voices’ matter!

In this section of the website we also have information about the various forums we have to support Pupil Voice in school and the wider community:

  • Our Key Stage 3 (KS3) Blog – a blog for our KS3 students, run by our KS3 students.
  • School Council – an introduction to the various school and community councils and groups our children actively participate in to ensure their voice and views are represented, including Action, Change and Equality (ACE) and Greenwich Young People's Council (GYPC).

In addition to this, our Key Stage 4 (KS4) students participate in a 'Twitter Takeover' - a block of two weeks every term when KS4 students tweet about what they have been up to.

Follow our Twitter account @WillowDeneSch and use the hashtag #KS4TwitterTakeover to see their tweets.