Student voice


Overview

The Student Voice at Heartlands Academy uses a student perspective to enhance the quality of life of our students and staff 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.
  • Introduce and develop initiatives which promote ‘Student Voice’ across the school.
  • Communicate the Student Voice work clearly to students, staff, governors and the wider school community by utilising a variety of contemporary and traditional media.

Constitution of the student voice

1. Name

Heartlands Academy Student Voice (HASC), will be referred to in the constitution as the ‘School Council’.

2. Objectives of the Council

The Council exists to:

  • Represent the views of all students to staff
  • Improve the environment in which all pupils learn, work and play
  • Develop social skills in all students by sharing responsibilities with staff or other relevant persons/organisations

3. Aims of the Council

The Council exists to:

  • Allow students the opportunity to share/air there views and opinions regarding decisions that affects them
  • Encourage students from all year groups to work together to maintain harmony within the school environment
  • Engage students in the decision making process

  • Develop leaders

4. Membership of the Council

The School Council is divided into two areas, known as ‘Year Council’ and ‘Student Council’.

Year Council

This consist of two students from each tutor group – one boy and one girl.
Their duties will be to:

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

This consist of two students from each year group – one boy and one girl.
Their duties will be to:

  • 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 school.
  • Report to the members of the year council views and opinions expressed within the Student Council meetings.

5. Officers of the Council

The officers of the school council include a chair, a vice-chair, secretary and a vice secretary

Roles of the Officer:

Chairman

Is to chair and control school led meetings ensuring that everyone has equal chance to give their opinions and also to take overall and full responsibilities for the School Council. The Chairman must represent the School Council on appropriate occasions.

Vice-Chairman

Is to assist the Chairman in the execution of their responsibilities and to cover in case of absence.

Secretary

Is to keep an accurate record of the proceedings of the school council and to undertake all administration duties including registration and distribution of information.

Vice Secretary

Is to perform the functions of the Secretary when the Secretary is absent. Also to assist in general duties of the Secretary and School Council Officer.

6. Election of Officers

Elections will take place annually.
Details to be published in the school calendar.

7. Management

The Student Council may refer duties to the Year Councillors if necessary. Such duties will require periodically reports on proceedings in order for the Student Council to conduct their business in accordance with any direction which the Student Council may be given.

Student Council Officer
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Year Council Officer
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Students and Staff

8. Meetings

Year Council
  • Meet once a week
Student Council
  • Meet every half-term – There can be additional meetings if required

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