Dorchester Primary – School Council

Our school councillors meet regularly with the Deputy Head to discuss current topics relating to the school. They represent their class’ opinions and contribute to school decisions in order to enhance equality of opportunity.

Class Representatives:

Name Year
Brodey M 1P
Lucy K 1/2W
Scarlett-Rose W 2FP
Emily J 3N
Georgie B 3/4P
Jay H 4T
Charley S 5JP
Millie H 5E
Alice C-F 6T
Taylah P 6P

The role of a School Councillor:

  • To work as a team to improve our school environment.
  • To listen to all suggestions and consider how they can make our school happier.
  • To work closely with all staff and pupils to make ideas possible.
  • To attend and participate in School Council meetings.
  • To share information from meetings with children in our class.
  • To organise school events and raise money.

“Pupils now use mathematical vocabulary with accuracy.”

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“Strong, cross-curricular links with subjects, such as science, give pupils the opportunity to apply their skills and
knowledge when making products.”

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“Leaders’ subject monitoring has led to a consistent and successful approach to the teaching of phonics across the early years and key stage 1.”

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“Democratically elected roles, such as house captains and school councillors, enable pupils to contribute purposefully to school life.”

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“School council representatives attend School Stakeholder Group (SSG) meetings to share their views.”

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“As soon as children start school, leaders check their speech and language needs so that extra help can be provided, where it is required.”

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“Leaders ensure that opportunities for pupils to apply their mathematical understanding are provided in the activities pupils
complete.”

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“Pupils feel that they are being listened to and that their views help leaders to improve the school.”

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“Leaders have ensured that pupils have plenty of opportunities
to design, make and evaluate projects using different materials.”

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“Pupils are clear about the school rules.”

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“Knowledgeable and highly trained leaders ensure that pupils get the support they need to achieve.”

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“One pupil told inspectors that ‘teachers are really caring, we know if we ask for help, we will get it’.”

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“Leaders have established ‘hive’ provision for pupils who need it. These well-resourced, intimate settings provide the intense support that a significant minority of pupils need.”

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“The mathematics curriculum is clearly sequenced. Teachers provide opportunities for pupils to continually revisit and review previous learning.”

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“The help that leaders provide for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) is a strength of the school.”

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“Leaders have rightly reorganised their curriculum to make up for learning that has been
lost during the COVID-19”

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“Teachers provide lots of opportunities for pupils to rehearse and say the sounds they are learning aloud, which helps them to remember them.”

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“In the early years, mathematics is a high priority. Daily ‘carpet time’ is used to teach children
mathematical concepts”

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“Leaders ensure there is a focus on developing pupils’ mathematical vocabulary.”

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“Leaders have created an ambitious curriculum that sets out clearly what pupils should
learn and when.”

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“Leaders use assessment well to ensure that the books pupils read match the sounds they already know.”

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“Children are
taught to read as soon as they start in the early years.”

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“In the short term, leaders have placed a greater focus on subjects such as
English and mathematics.”

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“Leaders provide ‘chatterpacks’ to parents so that they have the age-appropriate resources they need to support their child’s
reading.”

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“In other curriculum
areas, such as design technology (DT), the curriculum is improving rapidly.”

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“Pupils spoke with enthusiasm about the school garden they are developing and of their plans for the fruit and vegetables they will grow.”

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“In subjects such as history, teachers use assessment skilfully to find out what pupils know before they start to teach a new unit of work.”

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“Leaders have continued to prioritise the teaching of phonics and reading.”

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