At St Michael’s Church of England High School, we believe consultation with students is integral to nurturing responsible, collaborative, and proactive young people. Engaging students in sharing thoughts, ideas, and opinions about teaching and learning, pastoral matters and their school experience as a whole, in turn, helps to build their confidence in school structures and procedures.
Student Voice was launched in 2012 and is a non-elite group, consisting of around 100 members. It offers a sense of community and provides a platform for young people to share ideas, work with others and, most importantly, create change. Through this catalyst, we have been able to work with a wide range of community partners to develop award-winning projects and initiatives. Students attend meetings at lunchtime, after school, evenings, and during holiday periods to develop initiatives ranging from fundraising and mental health, primary school transition, and working with elderly members of the community.
Student Voice welcomes students of all ages and abilities to take part, enabling them to develop their confidence, self-esteem, initiative, and much more. Our projects vary, based on student ideas and trending issues. Previous initiatives have included: 21st Century Child, Equality & Diversity, Wellbeing Champions, Unmuted Radio, LINKS intergenerational programme, fundraising, and the #21AOK kindness campaign.
In addition to all of the activities mentioned, Student Voice takes part in numerous consultation activities. Members have regular opportunities to share their ideas with school staff, the Headteacher, and the governing board, and our partner agencies such as West Midlands Police and local councillors.
The community office is the hub for all Student Voice activities, and we are always looking for new members. If you would like to find out more, please contact Kerry Whitehouse at email@example.com.