As a result of their co-construction and co-design of the Learning Away residential, a group of students from the Walney schools partnership were invited to speak about their experience of ‘learners as leaders’ at a Leadership Conference. The quotes below are taken from their presentation.
‘It was really interesting being asked to be a leader, alongside our teachers, on Camp Junior 2 Senior. We were invited to take part even before the project was planned, because our ideas were really important. And, even though it was really scary right at the start, it built my confidence knowing that the teachers REALLY needed our help to come up with the ideas that would work with other children, and to communicate the whole plan back to our classes. I really enjoyed the teaching part! I can now explain what I think makes a good leader; such as friendliness and being helpful, being able to take responsibility and organising people and things properly.’ Gabriella, Year 6
‘While we were planning this presentation, we had lots of ideas about next steps. As members of the Steering Group, we have volunteered to meet back up again so that we can look back on the whole thing and ask what went well, what didn’t go well, so that we can recommend improvements for when the next Camp Junior 2 Senior happens, We thought we could also use our leadership skills to act as mentors to support the next student leadership team to plan the camp, passing on our leadership skills.’ Matthew, Year 6
‘So, finally, what is the point of involving young people in leadership? Whoever got us to do leadership is trying to give us a head start for the future. For example, we might need it in college or university. If you are training to be a teacher you will have to show leadership for your class or if you become a head teacher you will have to show leadership for the whole school even the staff!’ Cavan, Year 6