We’ll be working hard in the establishment phase to support the development of pupil voice and associated leadership opportunities.
Our Welcome Days for young people included an allocated slot for our new S3 to begin to think about their identity as the most senior pupils, and how they can take on roles and responsibility that will support the wellbeing and learning of the whole community.
They met in small groups with members of the staff leadership team and had the opportunity to share what activities they thought had been successful in the past and what they would like to see more of. An emerging theme was the importance of it ‘not being the same people all the time’ when it comes to listening to ideas. A number of young people commented on their discomfort with the idea of ‘Head Pupils’ or similar, because they felt that this doesn’t always represent the views and experiences of all young people. They were also clear that pupils voice activities should include everyone if they are going to be seen as valuable.
Our S3s were able to come up with a huge range of ways in which young people can support e.g. sports, the arts, and our commitment to sustainability. The next step if for House Teams explore these starting points with all year groups via the My World programme.
Our first SLT strategic session will take place on the 28th August and will be focused on pupil leadership opportunities. These discussions will be focused on the Education Scotland documents linked below:
We will also be starting our ‘5 a day’ programme at the start of September, the findings from which will be shared via the website. You can read more about this and our overall approach to pupil voice here: