Across their learning, children have many opportunities to develop their leadership skills. Some children like to take this one step further and take on leadership roles outside their classrooms. This is an opportunity to demonstrate Tidemill’s attitudes of a learner, influence practice within Tidemill and be an excellent role model for the rest of the school. Our leaders ensure Tidemill continues being a great place to learn.
At Tidemill, we have a group of children from across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 who form our school council. Each year, two children from every year group are elected by their peers to represent and be the voice of their class. Following this, the council will meet weekly to discuss and plan matters of interest in a meaningful way in which pupils can voice their opinions and have their views taken into account in decisions which impact them and their peers. Through the school council, we feel this is an important and useful way for us to provide leadership and development opportunities for our pupils.
At Tidemill Academy, children across KS1 and KS2 form our Eco Committee. Our committee are passionate about the environment and finding ways to make Tidemill a more sustainable place to learn. The committee meet weekly to discuss ways in which children and staff can be more environmentally aware in our actions during the school day. As a school, we have joined the Eco School Award Scheme and our committee will be working hard to explore how we can make our school more eco-friendly. Committee members take responsibility within our school to ensure recycling, energy saving and wildlife conservation takes place. We are looking forward to making a difference!
In Year 6, children have an exciting opportunity to apply to become Pupil Advocates. To be elected, there is a rigorous application and interview process. If successful, they are given many positions of responsibility across the school and are even rewarded with a black smart blazer and purple badge! One of the most popular roles is school tour guide where the pupils use their communication skills to show off our amazing school. Other positions include office assistants, play leaders and many more. It is a fantastic opportunity for our Year 6 pupils to shine and prepares them for their secondary school transition.
Digital Leaders are a team of KS2 children who are passionate about Computing. Every week, they meet with the Computing subject leader to discuss and plan ways to improve the e-safety of Tidemill pupils. They help promote Computing in school by running assemblies, teaching younger children, implementing e-safety scenarios, reviewing technologies and encouraging others to use ICT safely and effectively.
At Tidemill, all students in KS2 are invited to apply to be a sports leader. From these applications four sports leaders are chosen from each year group to work alongside the PE team. Sports leaders support and promote PE around the school and represent the interests of pupils in their year. Regular meetings and training happen for these leader to help them to contribute to the planning and management of lessons, including competitions and events in sport. Pupil’s roles include assisting with the planning and running of half-termly intra-tournaments, attending inter competitions as reporters and photographers, assisting in lessons with EYFS and KS1 pupils and promoting enjoyment and positive attitudes in PE. The Tidemill Sports Leaders are valued contributors to sporting events during the school year, including Healthy Schools Week and Sports Day.
Modern Foreign Language Leaders
At Tidemill Academy, KS2 children learn Spanish and love having this opportunity to learn a new language and explore the culture of Spanish speaking countries around the world. As part of their MFL learning, children have the opportunity to apply to become a Spanish leader. If awarded the position, the children help the MFL teacher to raise the profile of Spanish across the school. This includes language learning activities at playtime, supporting with special MFL events and teaching rhymes and songs to the younger children. MFL leaders can be identified by their Spanish leader badges and their love of learning languages!