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Pupil Conferencing


At Elmbridge, pupil voice is very important to us; we feel the children should have a say in the development of the school. So every Autumn and Summer term we hold a ‘Pupil Conferencing’ session involving every child from Year 1-6. The children are split into groups which focus on different areas of the school. The groups are made up of children from different classes. They are asked what they like about the school and what they would like to develop. The children always have strong opinions and all of their views are taken into account; where possible changes are made according to their wishes.

Here are the strengths and suggestions made at our December 2017 Pupil Conferencing.




Subject Area

We enjoy…

Now we would like…

English: writing

…sharing our writing with other classes to read with them (KS1)

…the writing café (KS2)

…to do less copying up after editing our work (KS1)

…to have more freedom to choose what we write about (KS2)


English: reading

…guided reading with our teachers and TAs (KS1)

...our bookmarks (KS2)

…more books in the book band boxes (KS1)

…to have a library lesson in the LRC to look at the different categories of books and the opportunity to read silently a book of our choice (KS2)


Library: reading

…the range of books

…to have the chance to look at/share books in our library (KS1)

…a free reading band in the LRC (KS2)



…that we learn different ways to do the same calculation (KS1)

…the Twist It, Solve It problems as we have more independence (KS2)

…maths resources in our outside areas (KS1)

…more times tables practise through fun activities (KS2)


…doing experiments

…more outdoor activities and trips



…Scratch for programming (KS1)

…using the computers (KS2)

…to do more maths on iPads (KS1)

…freedom to use computers independently (KS2)


Financial Capability

…learning about money in maths

…to learn more about how money is used when we’re grown up


D & T

…using cooking equipment we don’t use at home

…to be able to measure out the ingredients (the units are too high; numbers too big) (KS1)

…to cook foods from other countries (KS2)

Outdoor Learning

…den making

…to build an extra part into our trim trail ourselves (KS1)

…to have outdoor learning more frequently (KS2)

Topic (KS1)

…making things (scarecrow, Jack’s farm, etc.)

…outside play activities linked to our topic



…using maps

…to learn about the weather (KS1)

…to have discrete geography lessons and uses resources such as compasses, globes, atlases, etc. (KS2)


…the topic boxes

…to make topic homework more fun

…to have fewer homework ‘jigsaw’ tasks you have to do, so that you can spend more time on the ones you do


…singing songs in French

…to have the opportunity to speak to a “real French person”.



…projects where we can use our imagination

…more RE trips and/or visitors



…the chance to talk and share together (KS1)

…not being forced to say something in Circle Time sessions (KS2)

…to think of a way to all have the time to share our ideas (KS1)

…to have PSHE sessions more regularly (timetabled) (KS2)


…Fit Fifteen and using the track

…’zone’ markings on the playground for different activities


School Environment

…the colourful chairs/tables (KS1)

…the £20 board in the hall as everyone had an input (KS2) sort the lost property so it’s not always overflowing (KS1)

…improve the fundraising boards (KS2)


...learning about different types of music (KS1)

...the Charanga music lessons where we play different instruments (KS2) do more performances that everyone is involved in (KS1) listen to more live music and have more music in class (KS2)


…doing art work relating to our topic (e.g. Rangoli stamping and Firework pictures) (KS1)

…the variety of media we have the chance to use (KS2)

…having the opportunity to do some drawing/mindful colouring when work is finished (KS1)

…to be able to use our sketch books more regularly and with more freedom (KS2)

Feedback and Marking

…having corrections modelled to us

…to have less peer marking as it reinforces the negative