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Pupil Leadership Team

Our Pupil Leadership Team (PLT)

Leadership Teams are democratically elected groups of pupils who represent their peers and provide children with opportunities to become partners in their own education, making a positive contribution to the school environment and ethos.

At Shoreham Village School, elections are held during the first term of the new academic year.  Following a class discussion with the teacher on the role of the council, children are invited to put themselves forward for nomination and give a short presentation to their class. The children then vote for their chosen girl and boy.

The children are encouraged to be involved with the running of their school and any issues they wish to raise or suggestions they wish to make are considered by the PLT and appropriate action is taken. This gives the children a feeling of ownership as they know their views are valued, discussed and acted upon.


Why we have a Pupil Leadership Team

  • A school is a community and pupil councils help to make our community harmonious and good to live in.
  • Our Pupil Leadership Team enables pupils to make a positive contribution to their school environment and its ethos.
  • Every child learns to listen to others and to recognise themselves as a worthwhile individual with a right to be heard.
  • Children learn self-confidence and social skills.
  • From a young age, children are challenged to be responsible for their behaviour towards each other and towards their teachers and helpers.
  • Contributing to their class and school community allows children to grow in self-esteem.
  • Every child learns from their own experience how to contribute to society as a whole and what it means to be an active citizen.


Projects inspired by the views of our Pupil Leadership Team

Toys for The Gambia

The children heard about a local lady who works for an organisation that collects items to ship out to The Gambia.  They emailed her to ask what was needed and she suggested that toys could be donated.  The children created posters, wrote to parents and led an assembly on what toys were wanted.  They collected the toys, checked the condition and arranged for the lady to lead an assembly when she came to take the toys away.  When she came, she brought ten Year 6 pupils from the school she works in and they demonstrated African drumming and talked about what they had done for children in The Gambia.  



The children asked if we could hold a school Bake-off competition and then have a Sevenoaks Partnership event with the finalists from each school.  Rosemary Schrager, the TV Chef, judged the finals and our pupil shad a great deal of fun making and eating the entries.


Playground Equipment

The children wanted to improve the playground toys that were available and also to encourage everyone to cycle to school.  They held a sponsored wheeled event and raised over £850 which was match-funded by the school and used to buy equipment chosen by the children which included: an outdoor table tennis table, dolls and prams, a giant chess set and connect four, duplo, lego...and much more.


Christmas Bazaar

The children asked if they could raise funds to purchase wet play games by running a stall at the Christmas Bazaar.  They planned and organised games and enlisted the help of relatives to make jams, tea-cosies and other items to sell. 


Lunchtime Clubs

The children were keen to extend the opportunities for club activities at lunchtime and offered to set up and run clubs for pupils throughout the school.  They created a questionnaire to seek the views of all pupils on which clubs would be popular and then voted for Year 6 pupils to run the clubs.  The clubs included: Football, Film and Street Dance and have proved to be very popular.


Less Litter

The children felt that litter on the playground was an issue.  They spoke to the whole school in an Assembly they had prepared and set up a poster campaign to raise awareness of the issue.  They raised funds to buy new, attractive bins and were delighted that their actions had an immediate and long-lasting impact on the behaviours of pupils and their school environment.


Pupil Leadership Team Meeting Minutes 2017-18