Student voice

A “you said, we did” approach

The Student Voice at Heartlands Academy uses a student perspective to enhance the quality of life of our students and ensures that students’ opinions are considered in the day-to-day teaching, administration and future plans of the academy.

Student Voice aims to:

  • Represent the views of students within the academy
  • Create an opportunity to participate in real decision-making.
  • Provide opportunities for students to develop their skills and confidence.
  • Communicate the Student Voice work clearly to students, staff, academy ambassadors and the wider academy community by utilising a variety of contemporary and traditional media.

The student voice structure:

1. Student snap-shots

  • Each half term a new set of students in each year group have an opportunity to discuss academy life and ways to improve practices.
  • This is a model that allows a wide range of students to discuss key ideas in a safe environment.
  • Outcomes from these half termly meetings are shared with students in termly “you said, we did” assemblies.

2. Academy Council

  • Represents the views of all students to staff.
  • Improves the student environment inside and outside of the academy.
  • Develops social skills in all students by sharing responsibilities with staff or other relevant persons/organisations.
  • The council aims to:

    • Allow students the opportunity to share/air their views and opinions regarding decisions that affects them.
    • Encourage students from all year groups to work together to maintain harmony within the academy environment.
    • Develop leaders.

    This consists of two students from each year group – one boy and one girl.

    The council members are selected by students in their year group and this is managed by the learning managers.

    Candidates are nominated through the tutor group voting and discussed by the senior leadership team.

    Council duties:

    • Represent the views, opinions and interest of their year group.
    • Actively participate in all discussions.
    • Meet formally with other student representatives of all the year groups and decide ways of consulting with the rest the student in the academy.
    • Report to the members of the year council views and opinions expressed within the Student Council meetings.

    3. Meeting with the headteacher

    The meeting aims:

    • Allow a range of academy students the opportunity to share/air their views and opinions regarding decisions that affects them with the headteacher.
    • Encourage students from all year groups to work together to maintain harmony within the academy environment.
    • Develop leaders and give students an opportunity to experience professional meetings.
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