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Meet the Student Leadership Team

 “People need the freedom to say what we really think and make choices about what matters to them.  We must listen to and learn from each other.  It is best when we learn together in creative ways.”

What is Student Leadership?

The process of consulting students in order to help find ways of improving the school experience: either the teaching and learning that goes on in classrooms or more general aspects of life at school. Student Leadership is a tool through which we can allow students to have a say in improving their own education now and to participate in developing new ideas for the future.

Why use Student Leadership?

Student Leadership can help to achieve change in a more collective way, building positive teacher/student relationships.  Student Leadership can enable teachers to understand and respond to key issues and challenges surrounding teaching and learning, allowing them to understand the views and opinions of learners who might ordinarily be voiceless.

In this way, working together as a learning community, we can be better equipped to find acceptable and workable solutions.

What’s in it for the students?

Through being involved with Student Leadership, learners will feel a greater sense of membership in their school and their lessons and share the school’s or department’s learning goals because they have had a handle in shaping them. Individuals can feel that their voice counts and that what they have to contribute is valued, even when they say things that the majority of people might disagree with.  When handled well, Student Leaders can help to build positive and mutual relationships between students and teachers, encouraging participation and involvement with one another.  Crucially, expressing your views can help to develop your self-awareness and confidence in yourselves as citizens and as learners.

What form can Student Leadership take?

Although some forms of Student Leadership are more commonly used than others, there are no right or wrong ways of guessing students’ views.  In fact, many schools ask the students themselves to come up with creative ways of organising Student Leadership.  Here are some of the forms that Student Leadership can take:

 

  • Small group interviews
  • Individual interviews
  • Whole-class discussions with the main points recorded
  • Wider-reaching surveys
  •  ‘logs’ completed in writing by individual students, over time
  • post-boxes where students can anonymously post their ideas/responses

…and students can be involved even more deeply in the process:

  • writing the surveys/questionnaires
  • evaluating the changes made as a result of initial Student leadership sessions
  • organising the results of a questionnaire or survey: analysing the data and presenting their findings to peers, teachers, parents or senior leaders
  • observing and feeding back on lessons

Student Leadership works best when…

Research shows that Student Leadership works well. Students can see that they are genuinely being listened to and that their responses will be acted upon; most students really want the opportunity to make a difference.  It is also clear from studies across the world that effective Student Leadership tends to centre around issues that young people consider to be ‘real’ and that they perceive as affecting their lives.  Importantly, Student Leadership is most effective when the ‘voice’ is not isolated to the students and a number of voices coming together to inform development. 

How do I join?

If you are interested in joining the Student Leadership Team, contact Mrs L.Lloyd who can be found in the Media department (P8)

l.lloyd@scacademy.co.uk