The Shaw Education Trust is taking an innovative approach to further develop student voice with a one-day conference aimed at shaping student experiences across its Academies.
On the 28th June, two representatives of each school will attend a Student Day at Walton Hall Academy where they will undertake team building activities and have the opportunity to influence all areas of school life.
Speaking about the importance of student feedback, Julie Yarwood, Director of Education at the Trust, said: “We are keen to gather students’ views about how the Trust can continue to fully encompass the opinions of the learners into all that we do.”
The Trust, which currently has 10 Academies across 11 sites and is growing, has planned the day to gain a direct insight into students’ experiences.
The off-timetable day will provide students with new opportunities, such as quad biking, bush craft and a visit to the onsite farm, as well as a chance to meet other students from within the Trust, developing relationships across the Academies by promoting collaboration and the sharing of ideas.
A representative from the Trust’s sponsor, the Shaw Trust, will also be attending the event to talk to students about the work they do and how they support the Academies within the Shaw Education Trust.
Jo Morgan, the Chief Executive of the Trust, said: “The aim of the day is to equip students with an understanding of the different types of schools in the Trust, share experiences and provide them with information that they can take back to student councils to further disseminate reflections and understanding.”
Student voice is greatly valued within the Trust and the information gained through the day will be used to further improve education provision and students’ opportunities to feedback across the Academies.
If proven effective, this will become an annual fixture on the Shaw Education Trust calendar, ensuring that the Trust continuously strives to improve student experiences.
Mrs Morgan enthused: “It is important to us to provide students with the opportunity to talk about their academies, what makes them unique and what unifies them as a family of schools with shared values.”