Southgate School

Student Voice

What is Student Voice?

Student voice is ensuring that the ideas and actions of young people surrounding their learning and education at Southgate school are heard and by liaising with staff changes can be made. They meet regularly throughout the year to discuss issues concerning the whole school, such as behaviour, catering in the canteen and student welfare.

Why have a Student Voice?

  • Young people have unique perspectives on learning, teaching, and schooling
  • Their insights warrant not only the attention but also the responses of adults
  • They should be given opportunities to actively shape their education

Students as education decision-makers

Engaging students as educational decision-makers is the practice of actively teaching young people responsibility for their education.

This is achieved through their engagement in making choices about learning, schooling, and the education system in areas ranging from what affects them personally, to what affects an entire student body, to what affects the entire school system.

The structure of Student Voice in Southgate School

Year Councils:

Each form elects two representatives for their tutor group who attend regular meetings as a Year Council with their Head of Year.

All students can have their suggestions for improvements and changes to the school. These are then discussed and put forward by their class representatives at their year council meetings. These "year" issues are then discussed and results from these discussions are taken to the school forum representatives.

School Forum:

School forum is the representative voice of the students in the school.

Each year council elects two representatives to stand on the School Forum.

The school forum then consider and debate the ideas and suggestions about the whole school. This is then passed onto staff and the leadership team at staff meetings. After staff have considered the issues raised and discussed these within departments, their feedback is then taken back to students via the school forum and year councils.