Hello! We are the pupil hub and we are a group of staff members from the change team who are passionate about supporting our pupil’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.
At Dysart School we have embedded a culture and ethos that values pupil voice and allows our children and young people to play an active role in decisions that affect their learning and wellbeing. We want to nurture a culture where all pupils feel valued, respected and listened to.
For us, pupil voice is about supporting our pupils to find ways to communicate, whether that be verbal, written or through alternative methods of communication such as symbols, signing, gestures or AAC. We want to make sure that pupil voice is relevant and meaningful for our pupils so our pupil hub has been created in order to continually develop and embed opportunities for our pupils to share their feelings and views across all aspects of their school life.
Whilst many of our pupils have complex communication needs we pride ourselves on empowering our pupils to have a voice and by building strong relationships with our pupils we are able to further understand how best our pupils communicate and learn.
At Dysart we have an active school council but this is only one aspect in which our pupils contribute their views. Our pupils participate in staff interviews and decisions around the schools. We have sought our pupils’ opinions on a number of school decisions such as renovating our outdoor space; deciding what play equipment they wanted through whole school survey, undertaking charity work, choices within sessions and numerous opportunities throughout the school day to express their own views on their learning.
We ensure that pupils have the ability to communicate through informal ways throughout the day which further supports their mental health and wellbeing. This has been achieved in a number of ways including having choice boards, feelings boards and time to reflect on their learning. Pupils are able to comment on how they find their work, how to ask for help and also whether they enjoyed sessions. Such resources are accessible to all of our pupils at all times. We are continuously developing and finding alternative ways to support pupils in finding their own voice and this will be an ongoing process that is personalised to each of our own pupils needs.