The Investors in Pupils programme is an established national quality mark to recognise, develop and extend pupil/student voice and participation strategies in schools and educational settings building young people’s life skills, character and resilience. Supporting personalised learning, the programme fosters healthy relations; pupil to pupil and pupil to adults, leading to greater pupil responsibility over their own learning and behaviour and providing a powerful tool for developing a positive whole-school team ethos.
Operating over 15 years, the programme now has over 500 accredited schools across fifty UK local authorities with a number of schools choosing to reaccredit on several occasions. Non-portfolio based, the award contributes to school improvement through a focus on pupil personal development, behaviour and welfare, PSHE, Citizenship education, Financial education (including enterprise), SMSC development, Children’s Rights (UNCRC) providing a direct and active experience of democracy in action in schools.
The award facilitates consistent coordination, review and implementation across five key areas; learning, behaviour, attendance (including punctuality), classroom management and induction. Any school or educational setting can register an interest and work towards an accreditation that is assessed through independent quality assurance comprising school self-evaluation, telephone interview and Assessors’ visit.
The Investors in Pupils partnership, that provides consultancy, support and assessment for the award, is not-for-profit investing any surplus revenue to continually develop the award.
The School Council, together with all staff will be looking at the criteria for this award over the next number of weeks.