School staff can sometimes see the school council as a threat or an annoyance. These simple ideas may help you overcome that resistance and win them over.
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Do you use your school council to support and challenge your school. What happens when students and Ofsted disagree?
Sugatra Mitra’s SOLE project is an exciting one for learning in all kinds of ways, here’s how you could use it for student voice.
A list of tips for anyone running a meeting. Something I came up with for the co-chairs of Haringey Youth Council.
Some tips from Brno on how to make your school council meetings effective.
A great school council meeting from Krnow in the Czech Republic with games, action and decision-making.
A template that gives your class representatives the confidence to feedback to their class and a structure for bringing in new ideas and opinions.
A huge list of student voice ideas and projects provided by teachers and headteachers at a course involver ran for ASCL in October 2012.
If you struggle to get people to come up with ideas for your school council, here’s an idea that will help. Celebrate your successes and people will come to you.
Far too often, politicians and commentators are guilty of an over-reliance on their own experience of school. It’s the whole ‘I did XYZ assessment/exam, and IT DIDN’T DO ME ANY HARM’.
We’ve just finished a youth engagement good practice guide for social housing providers. Take a look!
Barming Primary School in Kent tell us about how their school council and class councils help everyone to get involved in school improvement.
A student voice case study from Woodhouse College showing how their students can influence the core work of the college in an effective way.
Wildern School in Southampton approaches student voice through UNICEF’s Rights Respecting Schools model. It’s a great example of how this approach can achieve whole-school improvements.
Here’ s Reddish Vale Technology College’s student voice case study, focusing on the ethos of the co-operative movement.
Over to Corby in Northamptonshire for another great school in our amazing school council and student voice case studies!
Another great case study from Lark Rise Academy, who use POW WOW sessions to get everyone involved in school decision making. Inspiring!
A summary of our recent trip to work with school council coordinators in Prague, Czech Republic.
St James uses UNICEF’s Rights Respecting Schools, fundamental school principles and a two tier school council structure to help everyone get involved in student voice.