What is Student Voice?
Our students are at the heart of everything we undertake here at Redcar Academy and the rest of our family of schools. Every student has the right to be heard and express their views in a number of ways through our ‘Student Voice’. Students can get involved with fundraising, open evenings and events, represent their peers in meetings, and they can also represent themselves through our strong links with the local Youth Council.
Why is Student Voice important?
Student Voice is placed at the centre of everything that we undertake. The main objectives are to:
- embed approaches to teaching and learning that encourage learners to take greater responsibility for their own progress and achievement;
- engage in constructive dialogue with teachers;
- give them the skills and qualities necessary to develop both during their time in the Academy and in future life;
- and develop their leadership skills by encouraging innovation
Through student voice roles, young people will have the opportunity to take a part in the ongoing improvements in the academy environment; the learning of all students; the wellbeing of staff and students; the management of behaviour, including praising success, and the decisions which affect the way we change and develop.
How is Student Voice organised?
Everything that takes place at Redcar Academy is organised through the ‘Deeps’ structure hence Student Voice sits centrally in each of the three ‘Deeps’.
Student Voice – Deep Learning:
Student Voice is used to improve teaching and learning in the following ways:
- Student Questionnaires – Departments regularly use questionnaires to get feedback on lessons, schemes of work, Key Stage organisation, field trips etc. to further personalise learning for students.
Student Voice – Deep Experience:
In the run up to Christmas Student Voice arranged a Christmas Jumper Day which raised money for Cancer Research. There was also a cake sale and raffle that raised funds for the Butterwick Hospice. Through student voice, the school has supported the Children in Distress Charity by providing nearly 50 shoeboxes for children in Romania.
There is a strong sense of community at Redcar Academy and the students enjoy raising money for worthwhile charities. There are plans in the pipeline for an Easter Fayre.
Student Voice – Deep Support:
Last summer some of our year 8 students were trained as student Ambassadors to help support year 5,6 and the new intake of year 7s. We are looking to recruit more students to train to become ‘Student Ambassadors’ to help promote Anti-bullying within our Academy next term.