Democracy returns to Royal Docks AcademyPosted: 16th May 2019
Democracy has returned to Royal Docks Academy as it nominates student councillors.
The school has reintroduced the Year Council with Tutor Reps appointed in all year groups.
Tutor Reps will attend Year Council meetings – chaired by the Student Senior Leadership Team - to discuss issues such as recycling, rewards and raising money for charity. Year Councils will then nominate two representatives to attend the School Council – chaired by the head boy and head girl - to speak on behalf of their whole year group.
Ideas and suggestions will then be fed back to executive headteacher John Blaney and the leadership team.
Caroline Tinsley, head of Year 10 and citizenship teacher, said: “After the head boy and head girl interviews, it was clear our students had many interesting and imaginative ideas on how we could move the school forward. We therefore felt it was important to reinstate the Year and School Councils as a vehicle for student voice.
“Through citizenship lessons, students have developed a strong sense of advocacy, a passion for participating in democratic processes and a desire to collaborate with their peers. This was the ideal opportunity to put their learning into practice, as well as making a positive contribution to the life of the school. “The candidates worked hard to compose and deliver their campaign speeches and we were so proud of all the students who had the courage to stand for election. From this process, we hope they have gained more confidence, a deeper understanding of elections and a greater sense of working together to achieve change.”
The Year Councils will meet twice per half term and their discussions will form the agenda for the School Council.