For us, 'student voice' is about giving our pupils the opportunities to share their views, their feelings and their learning, and be enabled to communicate them, whether that be by spoken word, signing, symbols, gesture, AAC or combination of these. At the root of all of this, to ensure student voice is relevant and meaningful, are strong relationships with our staff. We get to know our students really well, so we can understand how they best learn, how they can best communicate and how best to facilitate opportunities to share their news, views, and feelings.
Why do we have a Student Council?
Students like to have their say, and we want our students to learn to be active and democratic citizens following and embedding the British Values. The Student Council provides our young people with a way to discuss their opinions, views and thoughts. It allows students to have a voice that is proactive in promoting positive change within the school. All students have an opportunity to voice their opinions and have their views taken into account in decisions which impact upon them. The student council gives school council representatives a huge sense of responsibility and pride in their school.
Who is on the Council?
At the beginning of the academic year, students are asked to nominate who would like to be their class representative on the student council; candidates then create a manifesto to present to their class and each class then vote for their class representative using a ballot sheet. Students are made aware of who their class representative is and what to do if they have any suggestions or ideas to be brought forward to the student council. These views are taken to the council meeting by the representative and discussed.
When the Council Meets
The student council meets for one afternoon every half-term. The student council have a meeting agenda for each meeting in which they discuss the action points from previous meetings and introduce new initiatives, and student representatives bring suggestions from their peers with the aim for change and improvement to be implemented in school.
What happens next?
Students will leave the meeting with a number of actions points to share with their class and a deadline for completion.
Student Voice for Annual Reviews
Students are encouraged to advocate for themselves and there are many ways in which our pupils can have their voice.