In late November, we were very excited to take some of our pupils to their first EARA meeting at All Saints School with Mr Metcalfe and Miss Lijka. The Equality and Rights Advocates (EARA) are a group of pupils at our school who work collaboratively to promote equality and children’s rights across the school. At the meeting, our St Bede representatives met fellow EARAs members from other schools across Winchester and Eastleigh, before taking part in a series of thought-provoking exercises designed to promote conversations around fairness and respect.
It was lovely to see all of the children discussing these tough but important issues with their local peers and devising ways in which they can begin to make meaningful changes in their own communities. The St Bede representatives will now spend time conducting pupil voice surveys across the school, listening to the opinions and thoughts of their classmates before collating their ideas and presenting them at the next EARAs meeting.