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Students’ views expressed at the School Development Conference

4th May 2017

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A student School Development Conference took place at Park View on Friday 28th April, which was facilitated by the PSHCE Department. Seventy students representing Years 7 to 10 Student Councils and House Captains came together to discuss matters of importance in the school, from the student perspective and to devise a plan for the future.

The impetus was to create a real and productive dialogue between staff, SLT and students, to improve the School Development Plan.

After a brief welcome and introduction, the students were split into three groups of mixed ages and took part in three workshops on a carousel; the topics were Behaviour, Rewards and Safety.

The students were focused, mature and full of ideas. The essential ideas were pooled into a PowerPoint and presented to a panel including the Headteacher – Mr Webster, School Governor – Mr Culleton and School Business Manager – Mr Lambert.

After the presentation, the students set up a question-time style session where they asked pre-written and considered questions to the panel and eagerly listened to the replies. This was an extremely popular session, running over into registration time with everyone still very focused at the end of a long but stimulating day.

Some of the students’ views were surprising to the panel and gave them an insight into student consciousness. Conversely, the students learnt a lot about the role of the three panellists, particularly the role of a Governor. They certainly revelled in the panel's passion and belief in the students and the school.

Following on from this conference of  representatives,  the  ideas  will  be presented to all students in assemblies and open for further discussion in tutorials and year council meetings. Finally, the Student Council will work with SLT to add their ideas to the new School Development Plan.

We look forward to the next step on this partnership journey at Park View.

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