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St Thomas More Catholic Secondary School

St Thomas More
Catholic Secondary School

Philosophy

Student Voice needs to be planned/opportunistic/regular/innovative and with a strong focus on thinking and learning. Einstein wrote “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”

The purpose of student voice therefore is to engage, ignite and enrich the thinking about learning in the school community. This is achieved through consultation in an open and closed way and in the provision of opportunities to dialogue, collaborate and innovate within the learning culture.

Purpose

The purpose of student voice collection on Teaching and Learning is to shape and celebrate the learning process in school. This is done primarily through dialogue with students on their learning experience in formal and in informal ways. The rationale for this is to impact on the teaching and learning through addressing the learning needs of individuals and groups. This consultation ensures that learning is reflective, dynamic and student led.

Avenues for the Collection of Student Voice

  • Focus weeks where student voice on learning is a primary factor
  • Licence To Learn Group (Observers of classroom learning)
  • Thursday Student Council Consultations
  • School Council Learning Behaviour Initiatives
  • Student Voice presentations to SLT
  • Student Voice Awards Consultation
  • Student participation in the Bedford Borough Student Voice Initiative

The School Council 2016-17

On Fridays evenings, a group of representatives from each year group have met to discuss Teaching and Learning throughout the school, acting as a voice for the concerns and opinions of the student body. Alongside discussing scholastic matters, members are trained on how to give feedback, build a team, and understand which skills each of us can provide. The team are also involved in the recruitment of staff from the next year, and have the opportunity to relay their ideas to the Senior Leadership Team and the Directors. Despite being a large commitment, it has been rewarding as we have been able to contribute to STM in a positive way, and better understand the school as a community.