Junior Leadership Team

What is The Junior Leadership Team?

The Junior Leadership Team is group of students who are elected to represent the views of all pupils and work together to improve their school, the community and the world. We follow a democratic process to elect the Junior Leaders. If they wish to become a Junior Leader, the pupils must give a short speech to their class and, when appropriate, a wider audience. A democratic vote then takes place and 2 children are elected from each class (Year 1 to Year 6). Our Junior Leadership Team must model our school values at all times.

As part of the Junior Leadership Team, children will support the Governing Body, Head teacher, teachers and all other members of staff to find ways of improving the school experience for all pupils. The JLT are the representative of all pupils to enable them to have a say in improving their own education and developing new ideas for the future.

The Junior Leadership Team meet staff regularly and discuss issues that are important to the children. They have an agenda, which they create, and a member of the JLT takes the minutes and another chairs the meeting.

What do the Junior Leadership Team do?

At Halsnead, the Junior Leadership team is led by the Head Boy and Head Girl, who are children in Year 6.

They help lead and manage on 3 key areas:

1. School projects – an agenda of school improvement projects is decided upon early on in the year. Children meet together to discuss issues such as playground equipment, curriculum ideas, school reading projects and much more.

2. Community projects – the JLT meet together to decide on projects that can have an impact on our local community. Fund raising and volunteering projects that involve families from the community are organised and ran by our JLT.

3. World projects – Our JLT also meet together to think about how we can have an impact on the world. Projects involving environmental action, charity fundraising and linking up with other schools across the world enable our JLT to know that they can have a positive impact on the world.

Previous project:

School project to improve our playground equipment

Our JLT met together to audit our playground equipment and think about ways we can improve playtimes at Halsnead. The JLT gave a short speech to their classes and gathered ideas about what resources could improve our playground.

The JLT then met together to put together a school wish list and new playground equipment was ordered.

Our Current Project:

World Project to improve our recycling habits to have a positive impact on plastic pollution and levels of waste

Our JLT met with someone from Knowsley council to talk about ways we could help our environment. The team learnt about the importance of recycling and talked about habits we could change in order to have an impact on our world. The JLT decided to order a clothes recycling bank for school and are in the process of setting up a clothes recycling challenge across the school to encourage children to bring in old, unwanted clothes. This will all be weighed and will raise money for our JLT to spend. It was decided that we would use this money to buy new recycling bins to put around school. The JLT plan to promote the message of recycling across school and change the habits of children and families of Halsnead.

Do you have what it takes to be a member of our JLT?

Have a look at our job specification and talk to a member of our JLT to find our more.

Job specification of our JLT:

1. Attend Meetings

2. Bring what you need to the meeting and look after any information you are given

3. Listen to the views and opinions of your class and bring ideas that will improve our school

4. Respect everyone’s ideas and opinions

5. Give information to your class – ask your teacher for a time to do this

6. Present ideas during assembly

7. Work with other adults and governors to audit and improve areas of our school

8. Provide support to other children

9. Welcome visitors and help celebrate our learning.

Essential Qualities:

• Excellent listening skills.

• Willing to respect the views of others.

• Approachable.

• Represent your peers confidently and good at explaining things.

• Able to work co-operatively with others.

• Make informed decisions.

• Reliable and willing to give up some of your own time to attend meetings.

• Enthusiastic and energetic.

Desirable Qualities:

• Flexible and adaptable.

• Enjoy having the opportunity to solve problems.

• Willing to consider what is best for everyone at the school.

• Have lots of new ideas.

• Shows initiative