Young People’s Participation Standards for Wales
We were the first school in Wales to be awarded the Participation Kite-mark that focuses on the ‘Young People’s Participation Standards’. It represents the hard work and commitment that the Student Council have shown over several years.
To be the first secondary school in Wales to achieve this award is highly significant and rewarding for everyone involved. The pupils should feel extremely proud as they have demonstrated that by achieving the ‘Kite-mark’ they have been involved in decision making, impacted positively on school life and made a difference for pupils and teachers.
Student Council Targets
- Behaviour posters to go in classes (learner voice)
- Updating school website (SC section)
- Aim to raise over £2000 for various charities
- Achieve the Kite mark for participation standards
- Improve communication with form groups/year groups/PSE/assembly etc.
- Items for agenda/discussion at SMT meeting every ½ term
Why Do We Have A Student Council?
Our reasons include:
- Gives pupils a voice
- Improved motivation
- Better relationships
- Pupils involved in decision making
- Personal and social skills
- Active citizenship
- Benefits to School community
- Improved attendance
- Improved learning
Student Council Activities
The school council members meet throughout the year alongside the whole school council which meet every half term also members of the school council are often members of sub-committeeswhich meet even more frequently. Students can really get involved throughout term time.
The school council often suggests and/or helps co-ordinate fund raising events such as Sport Relief and Children In Need. Another major role of the school council is reviewing school policies such as the Bullying Policy which was reviewed in Summer 2010.
Sub-Committees are groups and organizations that form representitives play an active part in. These include:
- Welshpool Youth Town Council
- SNAG (School Nutrition Action Group)
- PYF (Powys Youth Forum)
- Teaching and Learning Group
- Student Voice Steering Group
Above groups meet on average every half term.