04 March 2019

Students take the lead in multi-school partnership

Young leaders from across the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP) have launched a new committee that will bring schools and communities together through an engaging programme of events and activities.

   

The first meeting of the ATLP student leadership team took place at Stockland Green School this week featuring children from academies in Birmingham, North Warwickshire and Staffordshire.

  

The dynamic students are working together to represent the student voice and help shape the future direction of the learning partnership. The group will lead on a number of projects to further enhance the pupil experience and encourage greater collaboration across all ATLP schools and the community.

The student leaders are organising an ambitious calendar of events and opportunities, linked to ‘Permission to Smile’, a community initiative, student welling, our environment (smile) and ATLP’s a Decade of Difference campaign, which celebrates the partnership’s tenth anniversary of school-to-school support.

ATLP already runs a range of initiatives designed to provide students with a wide range of learning and extra-curricular opportunities, such as wellbeing weeks/ events, the Rights Respecting Schools programme and Eco schools.

The leadership team already hold senior positions at their schools on student bodies such as ‘Pupil Voice’. They have been selected for their leadership qualities and their ability to inspire others in school.

Year 8 Stockland Green student, ambassador and wellbeing leader, Heesha (pictured below, centre), was on the original student leadership team, which formed in 2016. The group was a resounding success and led on a number of initiatives, such as competitions and the acclaimed student awards ceremony at Sutton Coldfield’s prestigious New Hall Hotel.

Heesha said:

I really enjoyed being part of the first student leadership team and I’m looking forward to working with this new group too. It’s great to meet different children and visit other schools and to give something back to the community.”

Heesha has been inspiring pupils from her former ATLP primary school, Brookvale, who also attended the meeting this week.

Year 5 pupil Majahlea (pictured above, centre) said:

It was fun. I met new people and learned more about them and their schools. I didn’t know the others at first, but when we got together, we found out that we are the same. I can’t wait for next time!”

Deputy headteacher and project co-ordinator, Rebecca Goode, said:

I’m thrilled that the ATLP student leadership team are back! They achieved so much last time and I am already impressed with this incredible group of people. There is strong evidence that students who are given a wide range of opportunities to develop and practise leadership skills are better prepared for life beyond school. We value our student voice. We want to empower young people, to put them at the forefront of their destiny. We encourage them to be good citizens and ambassadors for our learning community. By giving our students access to a wide range of experiences, they can grow in confidence, develop friendships and inspire others. The ATLP is a growing family – together we are even stronger and can create a greater impact across schools and communities. This is the start of another exciting adventure and I am proud to be part of this fantastic team.”