NEW student councils have been launched as part of a partnership between five learning establishments in North Tyneside.
Pupils from TyneMet College, Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College, Norham Technology College, John Spence Community High School and Marden High School worked together to set up and launch the new groups.
Sam Haley, director of learning services at TyneMet, said: “Outcomes from this collaborative Student Council programme will be invaluable to the future development of both colleges.
“Suggestions and conclusions from the schools’ councils will identify ways to improve and advance any college, facilities, policies, systems or procedures and will be used as key drivers in setting main aims and objectives within future college plans.”
The aim will be to build a sense of community and strength within the colleges and schools by complementing the set mission and vision statements, widening students’ horizons, building confidence and independence and encouraging excellence.
Three schools’ councils will consider what is happening in the classroom and identify the strengths and weaknesses of different practices and techniques.
The council allows students to share ideas, interests and concerns with teachers and heads of schools and also provides a platform for students to become involved in the affairs of the school.