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Bradfields Academy

Investors in Pupils

What is Investors in Pupils Award?

'Investors in Pupils' is an award rewarding good practice in involving pupils in their own education.  'Investors in Pupils' can empower all students, increase motivation and contribute to raising standards throughout Key Stages.

The programme is designed to provide all students with the opportunity to take responsibility for, and participate in their own education, whist appreciating the resources available to support their learning.

Some Key Facts

  • Students understand how their academy works.
  • Students have become more involved in their own education.
  • Students have started to take responsibility for more aspects of their academy life.
  • Students recognise the people who support them in their learning.

IiP supports our students in making rules and in setting targets for their class and for themselves whilst recognising the importance of relationships and teamwork ; and, the roles and responsibilities of everyone involved in their education.

The Investors in Pupils Award is based on four principles:

  • Commitment, Review, Action and Improvement

 These are evidenced through five key areas:

  • Learning
  • Behaviour
  • Attendance and Punctuality
  • Our Classroom
  • Induction

What have we done so far?

Individual Target Setting

Tutor Group Induction Booklets

Tutor Group

Vision Statements

Students throughout the academy have regularly reviewed individual targets for their personal development linked to SEAL.

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Students wrote Vision Statements summarising the Tutor Group ethos and covering 5 key themes of ‘Investors in Pupils’.

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Staff
Interviews

Tutor Group
Targets

Academy
Budget

The Academy Curriculum Committee invited members of staff to a short interview to find out about their jobs. The focus was on the skills that they bring to the Academy community.

Each tutor group have been working hard to achieve their whole group target.

This has enabled students understand what is needed to improve and take responsibility for their progress.

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The Business Manager showed the students in assembly a presentation about the Academy Budget. She explained where the money came from and how it is spent. Students learnt the cost of resources they use every day to enable them to appreciate how lucky they are.

Investors in Pupils

"Our class have enjoyed doing Investors in Pupils because you get a choice of target and you move up the board step by step.  We choose and cut out our targets and put them on the board.  We get certificates when we reach our goals.  We designed our own board with ladders going up so you can see the progress.  Progress can be linked to merits.  We have learned about what governors do and who can be a governor.  Three of the class are prefects and chose what they wanted to be responsible for.  One member of the class is a Academy Council representative and we look at the minutes of their meetings in Tutor time.  We made our own vision statement against the Investors in Pupils criteria.  We have learnt about the other jobs people have in school." (Student comments)

‘Everyone works together here as a team. At the end of the day we’re here because we love our jobs and we love our kids’ (Teaching Assistant)

Bradfields Academy Council

Description: http://www.preston.torbay.sch.uk/img/school_council.pngSince September 2015 each zone has had its own Zonal Student Council.  Representatives from each zone were elected to sit on the Academy Student Council. 

The Zonal Councils meet on a Monday in September, November, January, February, April and June during this academic year.  The Academy Student Council meets on a Friday immediately after each of the Zonal Councils.  Every form has an elected representative on the Zonal Student Council and each Zone has up to three representatives on the Academy Student Council (elected from each Zonal Student Council).

The aim of the Academy Council is to enable all students to have their voice and opinions heard.  It promotes democracy through student consultation and responses.  It also promotes the valuable skills of listening, negotiation, problem-solving and presentation.

‘Students have realised they have a voice and influence the way the academy is run. We actually listen to them’ (Vice-Chair, Academy Governing Body)

Investors in Pupils Assessment - Quotes from the Assessor's Report

"From touring the academy it was evident that students were fully engaged in their learning providing testament to the Academy’s belief that giving students a voice results in a positive environment for teaching and learning."

"The positive behaviour modelled by adults, along with high expectations of students, co-operative spirit, consistent reward schemes between teaching and support staff and clear understanding of sanctions throughout the academy provides an infrastructure that reinforces and underpins high levels of good and exemplary behaviour. It was a pleasure to encounter such polite, confident, articulate and happy children."

"Bradfields Academy has progressed so far with this initiative that this initial assessment visit was like doing the second or third re-validation visit."