The benefits to the student leaders themselves are diverse. Bulwell and Calderglen report that students relish the chance to work in partnership with school and venue staff. Assisting in the planning and delivery of a residential is a fantastic means for students to practise and develop their leadership skills in an exciting and rewarding way; students say that they gain additional satisfaction in participating in the residential’s activities when they themselves were instrumental in making them happen.
Tony McDaid, former Headteacher at Calderglen High School, suggests that opportunities and outcomes for student leaders also include:
- the development of a range of skills relevant to life, learning and work, including confidence, communication and problem solving
- enhanced relationships within the school community, including with staff and peers
- taking increased responsibility by working with younger pupils
- inclusion of their Learning Away leadership experience on a CV or UCAS personal statement – as well as in university or job interviews
- gaining relevant work-related experiences, which may lead to paid work
- making (and being seen to make) a positive and lasting contribution to the school community and beyond through volunteering.
Young people from Bulwell and Calderglen partnerships described their positive experiences as student leaders in post-residential evaluation groups, illustrating some of the opportunities and outcomes above: