This post is part of our 10 week blogging series around ways in which we you can make student voice an exciting experience in school. Each week we will write a blog post on a different angle that you can take.
This week we are focusing on creating lots of different opportunities where students can participate. How can you do that? Our advice can be seen below.
We strongly believe that students should be encouraged to participate in all areas of their student council and be invited to contribute to senior management team strategy meetings. This ensures they are given the opportunity to change the school culture that they are an essential part of. Student participation can vary from school to school, therefore we have outlined some ways to make sure students are given the opportunities to contribute.
1. Students making the plans
Students should be given the freedom to voice their opinions regarding changes to be made to the school environment. Furthermore, students should feel they have the opportunity to form plans and create strategies as to how change is to emerge. By giving students space to share their student voice, they are empowered to become active contributors to their school improvement. That, which is for the students, should be created by the students.
2. Students facilitating the change
Facilitation is the next step students can take in order to see their voice come to fruition. Students should be given the opportunity to be the change they want to see in their school environments. Therefore, after students have made their plans and school improvement strategies, students should be given the opportunity to activity work at achieving this goal. Where possible, students should be given this responsibility in order for them to bring about the change they want to see.
3. Students inspiring peers to participate in student voice
Students will be inspired to participate in student voice within a school environment when other students are seen to be doing so. In order for student voice to gain momentum, students need to be inspired to get involved. What better way to enthuse students then for other students to demonstrate its importance. This is not something for school staff to be encouraging students in, it is a role that students themselves can play in. Students should be encouraged to participate in student voice as leaders in their school communities.
These are just a few of the ways we believe you can create opportunities where students can participate. For more information about what we do and how we do that, be sure to keep an eye out for our website launch! In the meantime, check us out on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn!