Students’ voices heard loud and clear

Students from across the area, and from all around the country, got together at the end of last month to pledge their support to student voice in their schools

By Joshua McTaggart

Students from across the area, and from all around the country, got together at the end of last month to pledge their support to student voice in their schools.

The event, organised and run entirely by students of Priory Community School, was attended by eager students who expanded their student voice expertise by learning about areas such as Student Welfare, New Technologies and School Environment.

Chris Atwell, a Year 11 student from the school, was one of the Student Hosts for the day.


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He hoped students would see how they can improve their school through taking an active role in speaking out, explaining "Student voice is important because it allows students to feel involved in their curriculum, which leads to more successes from all students in school."

As well as learning about how they can empower their peers, the young people all signed up to the 'Student Voice Pledge' which aimed to support student voice within school through various means.

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Emma Harding, another Student Host explained "This is a chance for the students to make a difference on what they learn and the education they receive"

The Specialist's Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) helped fund the event, which was held at Cadbury House, as part of their role in promoting and celebrating student voice.

The event was a true success, with all the students leaving the day with a sense of passion and desire to improve the lives of their fellow students in their school. The students from Priory were a fantastic example of the brilliant and positive work that young people do in Weston, which is all too often ignored!

If you have run a similar event, or will be running a youth event over the summer then get in touch with Youth Matters and we can run a report on your positive contribution.

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