The Collaboration Council has been established between Milverton, Brookhurst Primary, Telford Infant School and Telford Junior School. The Council provides an opportunity for pupils from all schools to have a collaborative voice in making important decisions about projects that all the schools are involved.
In 2013/2014 the main focus of the Collaboration Council was to support a local and national charity. The four schools raised funds across the year for the Guide Dogs (chosen by the children). They were also aiming to raise awareness across all schools of the daily challenges facing those living with visual impairment.
In the autumn term the children had a visit from Penny and her dog Clover to help get the project started. The council then worked together to come up with various fund raising ideas for the year. In the spring term the children delivered assemblies across all four schools telling everyone of their ideas and the importance of supporting the Guide Dogs.
On Friday 4th April all four schools in the cluster group had a fund raising event. Milverton Primary School had a ‘Pay to Play’ day. Children donated money to the Guide Dogs in order to have fun playing Maths and Literacy games all morning. The children also took part in a 2 week home-learning project making ‘sensory challenging games’ that were played during the afternoon. The children were amazing and had developed a variety of creative games that they had great fun playing and sharing with their friends.
On Friday 4th April 6 lucky children also won a raffle prize to become ‘reporters’ for the morning and visit the guide dog centre. They reported back to the whole school of the wonderful work that goes on there.
During the summer term all the schools held a sponsored spell and this was supported by other fundraising activities that the children organised. Milverton raised at impressive £2300 towards the total of the four schools of £2352 !
2011/12 In February the Council members visited all 4 collaboration schools in one morning and led an assembly in front of all the children to encourage them to think in their classes about different ways in which the 4 schools could jointly celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the values that underpin them.
In March the Council members met to share the ideas that all the children in the 4 schools had suggested. There were lots of good ideas. The children then voted for which they liked the best. They voted for making friendship bracelets and class mascots.
During the second half of the summer term each child from each school made a friendship bracelet for a child in another school. Alongside this bracelet the children wrote a short message about themselves to the receiver of their bracelet. These were taken to the meeting on 11th July to be swapped with the other schools. The children also made class mascots based on the Olympic and Paralympics values. Some of these mascots were exchanged and were displayed at the Milverton Art Gallery on the 17th July.
In 2012 /13 the focus of the Collaboration Council was to introduce the idea of Learning Detectives into each school. Learning Detectives are children who have been trained to visit classes and make observations of the different learning skills that the children in the class are using. The Learning Detectives give feedback to the class and teachers. This approach helps all children to continue to develop an awareness of themselves as learners and have a voice in the learning that takes place in their classroom.