Investors in Pupils

What is the Investors in Pupils Award?

‘Investors in Pupils’ is an award recognising exemplary 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, whilst 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
  • Classroom Management
  • Induction

Examples of IiP boards and their content

Individual Target Setting
Tutor Group Induction Booklets
Tutor Group Vision Statements

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

Each Tutor Group has made an Induction Booklet to help new students and staff understand what happens in the academy day and the Tutor Group. Included in the booklet is information about the group, the jobs of responsibility held and the weekly routines.

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

They are displayed in the Tutor Room.

Pupil Voice
Tutor Group Targets
Student roles and responsibilities

Students are given a chance to voice their views and improvement suggestions through the student council. Each form has a representative that brings their ideas to termly meetings.

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

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

Within each form, students have roles and responsibilities. Students may be a Lead Student or Prefect supporting across the academy. They may be a student council representative or may have specific daily tasks to support the organisation of their tutor group.

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 Student 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

Since September 2015, student representatives have been elected by the student body to sit on the Student Council. Every form has an elected representative on the Student Council.

From September 2021, the Student Council has been divided into Key Stage Community meetings – Primary, Birch and Pine meet together, Oak and Ash meet together then the Sixth form. These communities discuss ideas and issues raised by the students in their form groups. Suggested actions and discussions from these meetings are then taken to the Joint Student Council meeting which has representatives from all Key Stages and Communities. The final thoughts and suggestions are then reported back to Academy staff for further discussions and to follow up.

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

The Student Council have had the chance to discuss key issues with members of the staff team to put forward their thoughts and suggestions. They have also met with Chartwells catering to discuss their suggestions on improving the student’s lunches.

Progress from meetings is shared with students so they can recognise that their voices have been heard.

“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

For more information about the Student Council, please visit our dedicated page: Bradfields Student Council

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.”

We were re-accredited in June 2023, and it was confirmed that the Investors in Pupils framework is embedded in the Academy.