Meetings of the Student Council take place once a half-term. Tutorial sessions are used to nominate ideas to Student Council, along with a ‘drop-in’ box for one-off ideas that come up during the week. The Student Council meeting rotates in to a different time each half term, and a different nominated member of each tutor group will attend on a rotational basis.
From the wide selection of ideas that have been generated, the School Council narrows the items down to four specific agenda items; this process is based on (a) the frequency of the idea submitted (is it a point that many tutor groups want addressed), and (b) which issues the School Council think are specifically actionable and would help to improve the provision of the Academy.
These four items are then discussed, with specific solutions suggested. One of the four items on the agenda will always be linked with developing the anti-bullying policy, and will be taken forward by the Academy’s bullying Teaching Level Responsibility staff member. This agenda will be finalised and, the day following the meeting, sent to the Senior Leadership Team for discussion and possible action.
For the remaining 20 minutes of the session, once the new agenda has been discussed and finalised, a member of the Senior Leadership Team will arrive at the meeting to feedback and discuss with the Student Council how the agenda from the previous half term was approached by SLT, and what action was taken/will be taken. Student Council members offer their thoughts and responses to this feedback, offering suggestions where appropriate.
The membership of the School Council comprises the Student Chair (currently a year 10 student), the Student Vice-Chair (currently a year 11 student), and a further two students per year group – one per tutor group – with each student being nominated by the other members of their tutor group.
Issues that have been taken forward and acted upon by the Senior Leadership Team include the provision of a wider variety of activities during break time, lunch time and after school; several modifications to the anti-bullying policy, provision of additional sports equipment & facilities, revisions to the Academy’s behaviour policies, addition of additional subjects to the school’s curriculum, alterations to the lunch time menu, and many, many more.
The School Council also works with organisations and groups such as Milton Keynes Council, local & national charities and UK Youth Parliament to ensure that the voices of the students of Stephenson Academy are represented in the local community and the wider national debates surrounding education and the rights of young people.