Student Council plays key role in new Learning Charter

Student Council plays key role in new Learning Charter

It has been a busy year for the Wey Valley Student Council! The business of the Student Council covers all aspects of school life, from homework, extra-curricular activities, school meals, to charity events for fundraising; but the main focus for students this year has been the development and launch of the ‘Learning Charter’.

Mr Andrew Wilson, Vice Principal at Wey Valley said, ‘Our Learning Charter brings together work by the whole school community, including students through our student council, staff and parents through our parent voice. The aim of the charter was to clarify our expectations of each other and how we work together and build an outstanding learning experience for all. The students have played a pivotal role in launching the charter earlier this term’.
Each classroom now displays the ‘Learning Charter’ as a reminder of these expectations together with our “Good Listeners” poster to help build our listening skills. Mr Wilson added, ‘being clear about our expectations of each other enables the whole school community to hold each other to account and live up to our agreed expectations which are underpinned by our school’s co-operative values’.

The Student Council revisited the school values and vision and a review took place through a number of extended Student Council meetings. Students were asked to consider the values that were important to them – these included honesty, respect for all, equality, working together as a community, challenge, consistency and care for others and discussions followed to express these values in a language relevant to students and adults alike. Our Co-operative values now underpin our conversations and actions in all aspects of school life.
Lucy Turnbull in Year 9 said, ‘each classroom now displays the Learning Charter, it is very clear and brings together the views of the Student Council.’
Sam Chaloner in Year 11 also said, ‘it is a big change and positive for the school. All students received an Assembly on the Learning Charter so expectations are the same whether you are in Year 7 or Year 11.
Shannon Parfitt, in Year 9 added, ‘it is so good to see so many student comments and feedback reflected in the Learning Charter and we can all refer to it during lessons.’
The Student Council carried out a ‘behaviour for learning’ survey to consider areas of improvement in school and the results and actions now form part of the Learning Charter and Good Listeners poster. This poster now accompanies our learning charter as a prompt to help students check with guidance from their teachers if they are listening and gaining the most form their lessons.

Mr Wilson concluded, ‘we are now a co-operative community living by “Our Co-operative Values” and working within the guidelines of “Our Learning Charter”. Students and staff continue to hold each other to account and expect the best from each other in lesson time. Students have since suggested they would now like a “Social charter” looking at our expectations in social