Given the opportunity, 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.
The skills needed to take responsibility for personal action and to work with other people in achieving goals are embodied in what we call leadership skills. Leadership is a relationship between people. It is the way that leaders interact with others and their sensitivity to what others need.
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.”
We believe that:
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
BEP’s Wider Learning strand is developing a range of student leadership roles, starting with Peer Tutoring, that will provide opportunities to help young people explore, develop, and learn leadership skills, building their character and confidence. Young people learn these skills by observing and listening to others, and by experimenting and practicing leadership behaviours in a variety of contexts.
Find out more about our Student Leadership Initiatives:
- Last chance to book your place! Visit: bep.education/events/art-net… twitter.com/BEPvoice/statu…
- So glad to hear you found it useful! twitter.com/AbbeyPrimary/s…
- As the end of another year approaches we wanted to thank the 1800+ staff from over 300 schools that have taken part… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
- Kooth is an online mental wellbeing community for Children & Young People, with free, safe and anonymous support. V… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…