Investors in Pupils
We have achieved the Investors in Pupils award.
The main purpose of the award is:
To develop, embed and enhance pupil voice and participation strategies and provide opportunities for children to take responsibility for their own education and behaviour.
There are fourteen criteria which we have to meet and these are grouped into five key areas:
Positive behaviour contributes significantly to positive learning and we try to ensure all pupils can make the most of their time at Burlington Juniors:
- Personal educational targets are constantly worked towards by pupils. They are then able to choose a small reward when each target is achieved.
- Staff are employed effectively to ensure all pupils can access the lesson effectively.
- Staff update pupils when staff training has been attended so that pupils can understand why learning is a lifelong journey.
A love of learning holds many rewards – the children at Burlington are really adapting to the challenges presented to them!
Conduct and behaviour is frequently discussed with pupils at Burlington Juniors. Pupils are able to evaluate their own behaviour and help each other to identify how they can build on this further. Strategies put in place to help pupils include:
- Ensuring all pupils have a classroom target which is set by the pupils themselves to help them identify an area of behaviour or learning that they want to work on. This might not just be a target for at school, but could be for home as well. Pupils are then able to choose a small reward when this target is met!
- All pupils and staff writing and signing a classroom charter whereby all class members agree the conduct expected of them.
- Giving pupils extra roles and responsibilities (such as register monitors, Sports Leaders etc.) around school to help them focus on the positive contributions that they can make.
- Having a pupil-led lunchtime group (Playground Pals) who help resolve any issues or worries that pupils have.
- Eco team members take pride in caring for the BJS environment and educating their peers about how they can do this too!
Hopefully you might have noticed that there has been a positive impact on your child’s behaviour away from school as well – we would love to hear your success stories!
Attendance, including punctuality
Attendance is a crucial part of successful learning. At Burlington Junior School, we are constantly striving to meet, maintain and hopefully beat the national average of 96% every week. To do so, we:
- Put regular updates in the weekly newsletter.
- Review the attendance of each class and year group on a weekly basis.
- Select one lucky pupil to receive a shop voucher to celebrate their 100% attendance for that week.
- Each class has a class council member who has been elected democratically. These representatives attend regular school council meetings, representing their peers in the school community.
- Each class also has an Investors Inspector, whose role is to monitor our progress towards the Investors in Pupils award. These representatives have been democratically elected and regularly feed back to their peers.
- Sports Leaders also play a key role in the Burlington community. They play an important role at lunchtime, supporting staff and facilitating different games for other pupils.
- Each class reviews the cost of classroom resources and how responsibly they are using them.
Our pupils certainly recognise the importance of taking on extra responsibilities and of supporting their friends along the way!
At Burlington Juniors, we aim to give every pupil, parent and member of staff a warm welcome to our school community. To do this:
- All classes develop a class ‘Induction Booklet’ that identifies the key adults for their class and also within the year group. There are also members of staff designated to specific year groups at lunchtimes to make sure all pupils develop the skills to navigate the school with increasing confidence and independence.
- The office staff are a main point of contact offer all visitors to the school a warm welcome.
- Open mornings are offered to parents to enable them to see how the school operates on a daily basis and for them to take a greater role in their child’s education.
- New members of staff are given induction sessions and a detailed tour around the school.
With the help of the school council, all children had the opportunity to be involved in working towards the award. This included meeting with key staff members and governors, taking on monitor jobs within school, working towards individual and class targets and producing induction booklets for new pupils.
We were confident that our work towards the award would allow us to build on the existing good practice and make further improvements in school. We are very proud of all our Pupils.
“Daily phonics lessons and extra support in the afternoon take place for pupils who are at the early stages of reading.”
“The best thing about Burlington Junior School is the lessons are fun and interesting and we always learn something new.”
“Burlington Junior School is a wonderful school with great staff. They have helped me to become really independent whilst supporting me. I am really happy at this school.”
“Behaviour and attendance continue to improve throughout school.”
“Since implementation of Class Dojo we are much more aware of the things that happen whilst at school. Also the Dojo Points System is a great way to monitor progress.”
“My child has settled really well here, she feels happy and her hard work is recognised. Very pleased.”
“My child loves this school.”
“My most favourite thing in Burlington Juniors is that we all help each other and that if someone is upset other people go and talk and play with them.”
“Leaders are passionate about ensuring that all pupils receive the education they deserve.”
“In English and mathematics, pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), remember what they have learned over time.”
“Leaders continue to develop a broad and balanced curriculum that raises pupils’ aspirations.”
“Communication with parents has improved recently, Class Dojo is a good addition. Good to see the topics for this half-term.”
“I like Burlington Junior School because we get to go on trips.”
“All 3 of my children are very happy at this school”.
“Leaders have high expectations of pupils’ behaviour.”
“‘There is something for everyone.’ Clubs range from golfing, cheerleading, football and rugby to mindfulness, yoga and knitting.”
“My kids love it at Burlington Junior School.”
“Leaders provide a range of opportunities to develop pupils’ interests.”
“Pupils take home books that match their phonics ability. This helps them to become confident and fluent readers.”
“In school I like the writing because you get to write about your favourite things. I love all the language you can use.”
“Leaders create a positive environment where pupils flourish.”
“Both children have attended this school. Both have enjoyed it and have reached their potential.”
“Leaders plan aspects of the science curriculum in order to promote
“Leaders strive to develop a curriculum that engages and inspires pupils.”
“Would recommend this school 100%. My child is very happy.”
“Leaders achieve this
through daily story-time sessions and ‘reading ambassadors’ who promote reading with their peers.”
“Leaders develop pupils’ experiences beyond the community, including
annual visits to London.”
“This is my third child to go all the way through Burlington and I would recommend this school every time.”
“Pupils are happy to
attend school. Parents say their children are ‘well cared for, feel safe and can be
“I like learning about history and the Romans and we are going on a trip to Murton Park.”
enthusiastically about the range of after-school activities on offer.”
“What I like about Burlington Junior School is learning because if you listen carefully you will get smart and you will have a good education and you will get a good job.”
“Parents comment that their children ‘really enjoy reading for pleasure’.”
“Staff, including those at the early stages of their careers, say they feel supported to fulfil their roles.”
“Subject leaders are invited to share curriculum plans with governors.”
“Furthermore, leaders invite pupils to attend afterschool sessions to help them catch up quickly.”
“I like learning because I think learning is fun and it allows me to push myself and learn new things every day.”
“I like doing writing and maths because in maths you get to learn different methods to answer questions and I like writing stories.”
“My child has settled well into Year 3. She enjoys Maths especially.”
“I like this school because we get to learn new things every day”
“The school has
put in place a range of strategies and interventions to support pupils with their emotional health and well-being and behaviour.”
“The thing I like about Burlington Junior school is that the teachers are very nice and it’s easy to make new friends.”
“Leaders encourage good mental health through nurture sessions and a
“Leaders are keen to ‘sow the seeds of interest’ regarding careers.”
“Good transition from Year 4- 5. My child is in a smaller class, well supported in English and Maths. Nurtured and settled.”
“My daughter is very happy at school and is doing well. I am pleased with her progress.”