We are passionate about Student Voice at Longbenton High School. We know that giving students the chance to express their views and effect change is a major factor in improving teaching and learning and in promoting inclusion. Our vision for Student Voice is for it to build bridges and increase inclusion both within school and in the local community. We also want our students to grow up aware of and involved in the democratic process locally and globally.Student Voice at Longbenton works in different ways. A big part of it is our Student Council which has been very influential in the last couple of years. Student Council Representatives are responsible for making sure the viewpoints of the whole student body are heard by staff, the local community and the Local Authority and for reporting back to the student body about what has changed.
Each year, Longbenton High School holds a Student Council Conference which is a brilliant chance for students to give areas of special concern extra focus and discussion. It’s also a chance for the whole Council to get together in an informal setting and listen to each other’s ideas. Last year the Conference was very well attended.
Longbenton students aged 13-19 are invited once a year, along with other North Tyneside students, to stand as North Tyneside Youth Council Representatives and North Tyneside Young Mayor.
In subjects, selected students are responsible for feeding back their ideas and concerns about the curriculum to their teachers. This might be done by students taking part in surveys or just by having a chance to meet with their teachers in an informal setting for a chat.
We are looking forward to making Student Voice at Longbenton bigger and better than ever this year – ALL students’ ideas are welcomed!
The following are just some of the changes student voice has recently made:
- Changes made to the non-uniform ‘Golden Ticket’ system. More students rewarded with a non-uniform day as a result of the changes.
- Planned changes to the canteen for the new build. This includes; changes to the menu, improvements in the amount of food available at the second sitting and suggestions on how to make the new canteen a pleasurable place to eat.
- Launched a campaign to encourage North Tyneside Council to keep a dedicated school nurse available to students.