“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord”

– Colossians 3:23

Young Christian Leaders

Introduction 

The Young Christian Leaders, are exceptionally important to Lower Peover, ensuring that there is a strong pupil voice, this is underpinned by our school’s vision and it’s associated values which develop aspiration in all pupils.  One of the key purposes of the Young Christian Leaders is to connect our school community with our Ugandan and Melanesian links, supporting external charities and providing opportunities for pupils to engage in social action and to challenge injustice.  The children will be elected during September.

Who we are?

There are two Christian Leaders from each class.

  • Year 1: TBC
  • Year 2: TBC 
  • Year 3: TBC
  • Year 4: TBC
  • Year 5: TBC
  • Year 6: TBC

Young Christian Leaders and Team Captains

Young Christian Leaders is our new name for the School Council.  It was formed to give our students a forum to speak and to ensure their voice is heard.

From September 2020 the previous school council and ethos groups will merge into the Young Christian Leaders group. 

We democratically elect group of pupils who represent their peers and enable students to become partners in their own education, making a positive contribution to the school environment and ethos.

In addition, pupils from Year 6 will undertake roles roles of Head Boy and Girl and Deputy Head Boy and Girl.

For 2020/21 the children will vote for their new Head and Deputy Boys and Girls when they return in September 

The Christian Young Leaders meet fortnightly under the guidance of Mrs Perry and Mrs Adams.  They plan an agenda for each meeting.  The head boy and girl lead the meeting and notes are taken so that a record of the meeting can be recorded.  The minutes of each meeting are kept on file and displayed on the school council noticeboard.

Following meetings the class representatives report back to their classes. They consult their class to gain ideas and views.  All class reps have a school council book which is used to gather their responses and then to feedback to the school council at the next meeting.

The impact of the Young Christian Leaders is noticeable in two main areas: firstly teachers can be sure that all pupils have an opportunity to suggest changes to school life, based on our school Christian vision and the associated values which underpin relationships at all levels in the school community.  This enables pupils to disagree well, and to practice forgiveness and reconciliations.

Secondly the impact of being a young leader leaves pupils with a real understanding of corporate/global responsibility and civic pride which continues to impact on their behaviour both in and out of school.  Part of their role is to act as a first port of call for any worries/problems children may be having.  This supports the children’s good mental health and gives them a sense of belonging that embraces and celebrates difference. 

Prior to meeting they take it in turns to check the worries/suggestions box and act upon any concerns/ideas and report any actions taken/suggestions made to the rest of the school council meeting.  In addition, on the playground they check if anybody is alone/sitting on the buddy bench and intervene as/when necessary to ensure everybody is feeling happy, safe and secure in school.

The Young Christian Leaders have an annual budget that is spent on School Improvement.  In addition, they arrange fundraising occasions to raise money for charity and for their school.

In previous years, the Young Christian Leaders have helped to evaluate and suggest improvements to our school behaviour policy.  They have used pupil voice to identify priorities for the upcoming year including:

  • improving lunchtime activities and resources (both for the playground and indoor/wet play
  • a programme of fundraising activities to help resource their plans
  • ensuring our outdoor classroom is utilised more, both in lesson and break times
  • improvements to the toilets (brighter paint colour)
  • reinstatement of the privilege of meal choice for year 6
  • more team competitions
  • complete a learning walk looking at displays and learning environments both in and around school, linked to spirituality
  • help write a pupil friendly version of the marking policy and behaviour policy
  • begin to display achievements, priorities, minutes of meetings and ways they can be contacted on the school council noticeboard
  • pupil voice regarding after school clubs to see if a variety of interests being catered for

British Values

The topic of British Values is now part of the curriculum and schools have to equip children for life in modern Britain.  At Lower Peover our core fundamental values do indeed enable our children to live in a diverse society. What does is mean for our curriculum?  

These 5 elements are woven throughout our curriculum. Visit our curriculum page.

British Values is also threaded through the area of our curriculum known as SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development)

At Lower Peover we are proud of the high quality SMSC we provide.

“Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted exceptionally well. This enhances the harmonious atmosphere and an ethos of mutual respect in school.” Ofsted May 2013.

“Lower Peover is a school which is firmly rooted in the Christian faith. It is a place where children grow not only academically, but spiritually, socially, morally and with a developing understanding of other cultures. Children’s good relationships with one another and outstanding behaviour contribute to well-rounded citizens emerging from this school.”    SIAMs June 2013

What is SMSC?

Spirtual

The spiritual development of pupils is shown by their:

  • Ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths’ feelings and values.
  • Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them.
  • Use of imagination and creativity in their learning – willingness to reflect on their experiences.

Moral

The moral development of pupils is shown by their:

  • Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong, readily apply this understanding in their own lives and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England.
  • Understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions
  • Interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues, and being able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.

Social

The social development of pupils is shown by their:

  • Use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively.
  • Acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; the pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

Cultural

The cultural development of pupils is shown by their:

  • Understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others.
  • Understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain.
  • Knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain.
  • Willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities.
  • Interest in exploring, improving understanding of, and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.

As a school community at Lower Peover we believe that everyone has the right to succeed, the right to be happy, the right to be who they are and the right to feel valued. The values we promote through all we do 

Fundraising Activities and Projects

The Young Christian Leaders will regularly update you via the school news blog about all the fun things that the school has been a part of that half term, such as sporting events, competitions and guest speakers in assembly.

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