Ben Milsom is an experienced educator and Assistant Principal. In this short post Ben discusses his key tactics for enabling an effective student leadership program.
Student leadership is inherent in all learners. We often ‘tag’ our student leaders in our schools, yet leadership isn’t confined to a small group of students. Developing a student leadership program for all students allows them the opportunity to display and model leadership skills in authentic situations and develop the qualities we want.
The Leaders of Evolution team asked me to consider what my top three tips would be for setting up an effective and successful program. Here’s my thoughts.
- The first step I would advise is to clearly have a vision in your mind of what you want to achieve. Document your vision of what you believe a student leadership program looks like and how it will become embedded.
- Secondly, open up all lines of communication. You need to be proactive and connect with all the required staff, students and parents when starting a student leadership program. Everyone needs to know their role and responsibilities and what outcomes need to be achieved.
- Thirdly, I would recommend that you co-design the program with all stakeholders. Involve a student voice team to support the staff in designing learning intentions, success criteria and ensure this supports the original vision statement you created.
By enacting a student leadership program, our students will become empowered to act as partners in school improvement and have positive school experiences.