The Student Leadership Team is incredibly important to the Academy. It is an opportunity for students to voice their views on improvements to our school and to discuss the day-to-day running of the school. The team have had exclusive meetings in which they discuss the issues that affect our students the most and more importantly, the leaders have made a difference. The long list of ‘You Said, We Did’ has been delivered to all students and staff and has had a massive impact on raising the profile of the team. The issues addressed varied from pupils working with teachers on aspects of teaching and learning, to extracurricular activities and even the availability of food in different areas.
Democracy week is running between the 21st to the 26th September, where students will have an assembly to focus on how democratic processes work and why it is important that individuals have fully researched different information, manifestoes or beliefs before casting a vote, whatever the situation. Students will have the first chance to experience democracy, during Parliament week between 1st and the 5th November, forms will vote in the ‘Make your Mark’ campaign. This national event allows young people to express their concerns and vote for the issue they think is most important. In 2019/20, our results showed that ‘Protecting the Environment’, ‘Putting an end to knife crime’ and ‘stopping bullying and cyberbullying’ were the most important issues to our students. The academy has worked incredibly hard to deliver sessions on both of these issues through the outstanding PSHE provision during drop down days and form time activities.
The new Student Leadership Team will be elected at the end of the first half term. Once elected the student leaders will receive training on the power of language and the oracy skills in order to confidently feedback to their form time peers. This also allows their peers to give their thoughts to the leaders so all students have a voice. In addition to this, the student will take part in activities to further understand how wider democracy works.
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