Last Updated: Thursday, June 27, 2019

A whole school approach to promoting children's involvement in leadership at Ochiltree Primary

What is this?

​The headteacher at Ochiltree Primary School in East Ayrshire describes how learners are given a variety of opportunities to take part in committees and working groups, acting as leaders. They develop their own ideas about what they would like to do to improve the school.

Who is this for?

​This video is for staff in primary schools as they consider leadership opportunities for all learners.

How to use this exemplar to improve practice

This video along with reflective questions invites you to consider encouraging leadership for all in a primary setting. Watch the video and consider, individually or as a team, the following improvement questions:

  • How are you ensuring that every child can be a leader in your school?
  • How do you develop leadership skills for those learners with little confidence in taking on a leadership role?
  • What are all the opportunities you already offer and what new ones could you be adding to widen leadership choice for every learner?
  • How do you track the achievement of leadership skills across the school?

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What was done?

Learners were asked to volunteer as assembly helpers. They were tasked with helping other children who weren't very confident at speaking or taking a lead role, encouraging and supporting them.

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Why it was done?

Staff understood the responsibility of the school to develop the confidence and leadership skills of every learner.

What was the impact?

Children demonstrated increased confidence and higher self-esteem through their leadership roles. For example, they were able to act as pool buddies as part of the school's swimming club, and older children were well organised as buddies for younger children in the playground.

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Word file: A whole school approach to promoting children's involvement in leadership at Ochiltree Primary School