At Ladysmith Federation children are introduced to their rights and responsibilities in a range of ways. Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard.  Both schools have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. Each council meets weekly with The Deputy Head of their school and is able to genuinely effect change within the school. All of the council members for each year group are voted in by their class. 

In the Junior School the children are introduced to the UNICEF Rights Respecting School Programme. Each year the children decide upon their class charter and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the charter.  In year 6 pupils are taught about what democracy is, how it works and how they can get involved, through a specific unit of PSHE.

Children have an annual questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school.