What is the Pupil Voice Forum?
This group meets approximately once per month. The aim of the group is to ensure that young people at Dalkeith High School have their voices heard on a wide range of subjects. The subjects discussed last year included last year included: different means of assessment, curriculum structures, subject choice, and introducing blazers for S6 pupils.
It provides opportunities for young people in the school to demonstrate that they are:
The Pupil Voice Forum is run by members of the Senior School Council who help set the agenda, chair meetings, produce minutes and feedback to the Senior Leadership Team.
These Senior School Council members work with a different group of young people at each monthly meeting.
We don’t run elections or have a lengthy application process to decide who attends meetings. Instead, every member of Dalkeith High School is automatically a member of the Pupil Voice Forum. Ahead of each meeting, pupils are selected via the registers from across different year groups and Houses and contacted asking to participate in the meeting. This means that everyone in the school genuinely gets a chance to have their say.
Even if you are not one of the names called when a particular topic is run, you can offer your comments via your Guidance Teacher or one of the Senior School Council representatives.
All of those who contribute to the meetings earn points for their House.
The minutes from the meeting are published on the school website and Senior School Council members report their findings to the Senior Leadership Team, who then respond to any issues or questions raised.
In session 2016-17, the staff members of the group are:
- Mrs Stewart (Meetings are held in Mrs Stewart’s classroom F118)
- Mr Knight
- Ms Nicoll
Your Senior Leadership team link is:
- Ms Preston
Your Senior School Council representatives are:
- John Archibald (House Captain- Lothian)
- Poppy Church Olney (House Captain- Buccleuch)
- Erin Thomson (Depute Head Girl- Melville)