What is Student Voice?
Student Voice is the individual and collective perspective and actions of young people within the context of learning and education. This can include, but isn’t limited to, active or passive participation, knowledge, voting, service, opinions, leadership, and ideas. Student Voice reflects identity, and comes from a person’s experiences, ideals, and knowledge.
What can Student Voice Positively Affect?
- School improvement goals
- Academic achievement
- The “engagement gap”
- Students’ feelings of agency
- Curricular effectiveness
- Teaching quality
Student Voice is About Action
Student Voice allows students to share who they are, what they believe, and why they believe what they do with their peers, parents, teachers, and their entire school.
Student Voice at Al Manahil Private School
During the 2016-17 academic school year, Al Manahil will develop a School Student Council. Students on this council will explore teaching and learning at Al Manahil and be a representative voice for the student body on how they learn best.
The Student Council will be responsibile for:
- Working with staff and parents in the school
- Communicating and consulting withal of the students in the school
- Involving as many students as possible in the activities of the Council
- Planning and managing the Council’s programme of activities for the year
The Student Council will also endeavour to be involved in many activities of the school such as:
- Liaising with principal on issues of concern to students
- Communication and co-operation with school staff
- Co-operating with management and staff on the development of school rules and regulations
- Involvement in school planning
- Having a say in school policies e.g. anti-bullying policy, homework, substance use, mobile phones, healthy eating, code of discipline, uniform, punctuality
- Making suggestions about improving school facilities
- Extra-curricular activities or lunch time activities such as movie clubs, computer games clubs, chess clubs, language clubs, book clubs
- Getting involved with the community e.g. inviting to help senior citizens, liaise with Red Crescent
- Mentoring programmes for younger students, quizzes, poster competition, guide to the school for new students
- Orgranizing recycling in school: getting involved or introducing the Green Schools, running an anti-litter campaign, clean up an area of the school or helping out in the community or environmental issues
- Carrying out surveys and questionnaires on issues and reporting back to the school management with the gathered information.
- School newsletter / magazine: or putting together a school record for the year using photographs, etc.
- Linking in with other Student Councils in the area and organizing a meeting with a view to sharing ideas and may be a joint project.