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Student Subject Leadership

We believe that students should be given a wide range of opportunities to develop and practice leadership skills in preparation for life after school. It would be impossible to list all of the opportunities students have to take on leadership roles at school. However, students will be given opportunities to develop their leadership skills within subject areas.

Student leadership activities will focus on improving the quality of learning within each subject.  The Head of department or subject will give students the opportunity to lead. A maximum of two students will be chosen to be subject leaders per class per term.

Heads of subject will oversee and quality assure the activities assigned to students. Teachers will give students opportunities to develop the following leadership skills:

  • Initiative
  • Decision Making
  • Communication Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Problem Solving
  • Time management
  • Independent thinking

To improve the profile of our student leaders, students will be provided with Subject Leadership Badges to be pinned on their blazer lapel. Students will only be allowed to wear badges that represent some form of leadership, for instance, The Leadership Award, Subject Leaders, Year Leaders, Form Leaders, the Edge, Attendance, Duke of Edinburgh, GCSE.

Leadership Activities

Art

  • Leading practical art demonstrations showing specific skills to class or small groups.
  • Lead arrival activities
  • Leaders teach an art skills/model specific techniques to their peers
  • Pair and group work with allocated leaders to check and question students
  • Student led workshops on sketchbook and presentation
  • Student led workshop on how to analyse artists/blooms taxonomy
  • Leaders keep track of time during practical lessons
  • Leaders organise peers to monitor/check equipment/ ensure their peers are using resources safely in the classroom.

Business

  • Plan and lead the starter activity on the previous lesson or the lesson/topic to be taught
  • Summarise the lesson at the end (or previous lesson at the beginning for those absent)
  • Organise the creation of topic revision sheets and writing frames
  • Organise and lead small group discussions / teamwork
  • Mentor and assist low ability / under-achieving peers
  • Problem Solving Expert – take the lead in solving problems/scenario tasks in lesson
  • Lead in creating model answers following the exam structure
  • Business Key Terms Expert - lead in key terms revision activities
  • Plan, prepare and lead a lesson once a term
  • Research business news and share with the class once a week

Computer Science

  • Teamwork: support peers ie scratch coding
  • Problem solving: technical support
  • Communication skills: starter & plenary leaders

Dance

  • Changing room monitor - hurry pupils from changing rooms, lock doors and ensure pupils start arrival activity straight away
  • Decision Making – make decisions on film choices & dance styles for up and coming unit of work.
  • Communication Skills – lead warm ups, devise them linking to style and genre
  • Teamwork - find group music pieces, edit music and share them on one drive with other pupils
  • Problem Solving – creating and developing motifs, choose examples, make phrases before the lesson and teach to others

Drama

  • Initiative - shown through the inclusion of practitioners and medium influences in their work. Through the organisation of the practical space - props, set, costume, laptops etc
  • Decision Making - shown through the role of executive director within a group
  • Communication Skills - shown through collaboration in group work and feedback to teachers/rest of class/group
  • Teamwork - shown through collaboration in group work
  • Problem Solving - shown through collaboration in group work and interpretation of the stimulus
  • Time management - meeting the deadlines set for practical development
  • Independent thinking - independent research into practitioner and style/form of their piece and wider reading of play text or research

English

  • Checking homework
  • KS5 finding wider reading and revision material that could be useful
  • Student leaders can listen to class discussion and evaluate the thinking
  • Sum up what we’ve learnt and how we learnt it
  • Scribe the main learning points
  • Find arrival activities
  • Lead arrival activities
  • Put together quizzes on recent content covered
  • Support a lower achieving student
  • Cupboard monitor
  • Student who hands out the relevant resources
  • Students to collect back resources
  • Create revision sheets to share with the class
  • Leading model answer writing

Government & Politics

  • Lead starter/ plenary and other activities via discussion with the teacher
  • Leading feedback and discussion
  • Conduct and deliver additional research into topics covered in class as discussed with the teacher

Law

  • Mentor low ability / under achieving pupils
  • Plan and lead the starter activity on the previous lesson or the lesson/topic to be taught
  • Summarise the lesson at the end (or previous lesson at the beginning for those absent)
  • Organise the creation of topic revision sheets and writing frames
  • Organise and lead small group discussions / teamwork
  • Lead in creating model answers following the exam structure
  • Legal Principles Expert – explain the key legal principles
  • Case Law Expert – explain how the key cases illustrate the relevant legal principles
  • Law Key Terms Expert - lead in key terms revision activities
  • Lead in creating model answers following the exam structure
  • Plan, prepare and lead a lesson once a term
  • Problem Solving Expert – take the lead in solving problems/scenario tasks in lesson
  • Research legal news and share with the class once a week

Mathematics

Students to do:

  • Starters
  • Create a rota for starters so everyone has a go to do starters
  • Arrival activities

Students to monitor/check:

  • Equipment
  • Classroom presentation/tidiness
  • Homework completed
  • Uniform/nail polish

Students to teach:

  • Beginning of a lesson – once in a fortnight
  • Plan an exciting activity for a topic

Students to create:

  • And run a weekly maths challenge…
  • Which is run throughout the department- 1 per year group
  • A displace for the classroom
  • A topic revision sheet to share.

MFL

  • Prepare and lead arrival activities
  • Help students in the class
  • Correct exercises
  • Organising games and activities
  • Leading speaking practice

PE

  • Liaise with staff what equipment is needed
  • Organise peers to collect that equipment and take it to lesson area
  • Lead the warm up, using appropriate pulse raiser and dynamic stretches
  • Take responsibility for completion of group task work
  • Give coaching advice where applicable to help accelerate peers’ learning
  • Lead teams through tactical and strategic game plan application
  • Organise safe return of equipment/mats at the end of the lesson
  • Athletics: make sure that all times and scores are recorded, and assist with measuring
  • Umpire

Photography

  • Leading Photoshop demos showing specific effects to class or small groups
  • Leading camera demos showing specific skills to the class
  • Group crits – student-led questioning
  • Pair and group work with allocated leaders to check and question students
  • Student led workshops on layout and presentation
  • Student led workshop on how to analyse artists/blooms taxonomy
  • Student led workshop on how to save and organise files/folders effectively
  • Student led workshop on exam editing skills

Psychology

  • Mentor and assist low ability / under-achieving peers
  • Problem Solving Expert – take the lead in solving problems/scenario tasks in lesson
  • Explain/clarify when students are confused about something
  • Develop starter questions and answers based on the previous lesson’s teaching or summary for those absent
  • Check homework has been completed satisfactorily
  • End of lesson summary
  • Create a starter rota so everyone does a starter

RS

  • Leading arrival activities
  • Leading plenary activities
  • Leading small group work/discussions
  • Presenting independent work
  • Supporting lower achieving students
  • Linking current affairs to curriculum
  • Leading model answer writing

Science

  • Supporting lower achievers
  • Leading arrival activities
  • Leading plenary activities
  • Leading starter activities
  • Teaching a topic to a small group of students
  • Presentation of a concept to the class

Sociology

  • Independent thinking: Students will have opportunities to use Pixl Independence (https://students.pixl.org.uk/#!/login- they will research one aspect on the Sociology specification and feedback to whole class.
  • Team work: There are Sociology ambassadors in both year groups and they are available during DIRT times for other students to ask for help in order to improve their answers. Helps to foster and encourage team work.

Technology

  • Lead arrival or starter activity
  • Demonstrate equipment or method of making
  • Create challenge questions for the class
  • Plenary quiz
  • Health & Safety monitor
  • Eco-monitor