Given the opportunity, at OLSK, we believe, that children and young people can have a profound impact on their schools and their communities. It’s important for students to experience leadership opportunities during their schooling, to learn the art of building relationships within teams, defining identities and achieving tasks effectively. It also provides an opportunity to learn to identify and display effective communication and interpersonal skills.
Involvement in leadership activities can improve students’ and pupils’ learning as well as helping them to develop the skills and traits needed for success outside of the classroom. To live fulfilled and contributing lives in our society, children and young people need to be able to help themselves and others, to achieve their goals and live a productive civic life.
They need both SKILLS and the WILL to make a positive difference.
Developing leadership skills in the service of others (social action) provides a powerful model for personal and social development, for raising aspirations and building confidence, for developing civic engagement and for developing employability skills. At the same time it can also be a way of re- engaging pupils with learning, with school and for developing a sense of wellbeing; all of which are especially important after lockdown. Student leadership, just like any other type of leadership, doesn’t end during a crisis, but is more important during it.
“Student leaders can find their voice to help create a sense of hope, positivity, and inspiration for others.”
Leadership can begin at a young age. We can help children develop their leadership qualities by providing opportunities for them to do so.
Leadership starts with self-leadership. So ALL children are leaders, who begin with learning to lead themselves, and their learning, at school.
Leadership opportunities should be genuine
Leadership builds character, social & emotional capacities
Leadership opportunities unlock creativity & innovation
Our School Council consists of two representatives from Years R to Y6.
They meet with Mrs Finnegan to discuss issues that affect them in school and share ideas about health, safety and things they would like to change or improve in our school. The Chairperson and secretary are elected members of Year 6.
They are involved in decision making in school. It is our school and we take responsibility for making sure that every child is heard.
At the start of the new school year, the School council members met with Mrs F to review their School Improvement Plan for last year and plan for this academic year. The Councillors spoke with their class peers, inviting ideas for school improvement. they will now put together their own School Improvement Plan 2021