A great day at the Speaker’s School Council Awards 2014, that Greg was helping to judge. We’re really happy to be working with Read more …
The Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day is a fantastic way of giving the young people you work with a say in your organisation. We’ve been big supporters ever since we first heard about it, so we’re very proud to announce that we’ve been commissioned by the Children’s Commissioner (how appropriate) to organise the scheme this year.
Competition is seen by some people in education, youth work and team building as a dirty word, but it definitely has its uses. With many groups and individuals it is a great motivating factor and can help you break down some people’s reluctance to join in. As long as you don’t dwell on the winners and losers and instead try to pull out the learning it can be very effective.
Team-building games for you to use with your school council (and any other group) to help them learn to work together and support one another.
A whole load of games for getting a group to relax around one another and have some fun.
One of the problems of school councils is that they’re exclusive, they inherently narrow down the number of people who can get involved. For a structure that’s there to give everyone a voice, that seems like the wrong way to go. On the other hand, having 100 people in a room, let alone 1,000, can make it pretty difficult to get anything done.
So when we were asked to work with Northampton Academy who have over 70 students on their school council we were eager to see how we could make that work. After a bit of head scratching as to how we would approach it I remembered a method for collective action that I’d read about, Open Space.