Student Leadership

Student Leadership

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.

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

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: 

download this theory of change diagram demonstration the importance of Student leadership

For further information contact our Wider Learning team.

Contact the office on 0121 285 0924 or email


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