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St Dominic Savio Catholic Primary School ‘Serve the Lord with Joy’

8. How are children involved in the process?

We know that the only way we really find out if a child is happy , feeling safe and taking part in the full life of our community is for the school to be certain that it hears the voices of children, especially those most vulnerable. We take the child’s right to be heard very seriously.


We make sure that we listen to children in our school and respond to what they say in a number of ways, including:

  • clear policies and systems to support children in expressing any worries or concerns that they have: giving children the right to choose a preferred adult to talk to;
  • talking to children and/or groups of children after lesson observations to understand their experience of the lesson;
  • inviting children to make personal contributions to their Annual Review meetings
  • doing an annual pupil questionnaire – giving children their say
  • encouraging children to respond to feedback given through developmental marking
  • agreeing with them individual ‘next steps’ in their work
  • making sure that our Pupil Council is inclusive and represents the whole of our community
  • ensuring that our safeguarding procedures are strong and that all staff are well trained