Date
16 August 2020

Support student leadership with opportunities for responsibility within the school

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Establishing a caring, supportive, and respectful class climate’

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A student’s experience of leadership

A student’s experience of leadership

Matt Frost talks about his experience as a deputy head boy with ASD.

Develop student leadership

Develop student leadership

Increase leadership opportunities for students.

Offer students responsibility through a range of authentic contexts: 

    • Reading classroom notices or announcements.
    • Leading in areas of personal strength.
    • Leading school activities such as running assemblies, hosting visitors, or inducting and looking after new students.
    • Leading or having input into activities, for example kapa haka, clubs, enviro-schools, sport, or drama.
    • Offering a range of leadership opportunities, for example, student council reps, class leaders, senior leaders.
    • Offer mentoring programmes for young leaders, peer, buddy, tuakana–teina approaches, whānau, or house groupings.

Source: Wellbeing@School (opens in a new tab/window)

Encourage self-leadership

Encourage self-leadership

if you get opportunities to lead others and engage with others, then you’re able to develop the confidence to [lead your own life]

Matt Frost, who was deputy head boy in his school, has autism, and is a disability advocate and policy analyst

Utilise the voice of Inspirational peers

Utilise the voice of Inspirational peers

Some students have a vision for the future that is bigger than their personal goals.

Create time to listen to students

Create time to listen to students

"I think it is really important that teachers listen to what we’ve got to say."

Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Establish a respectful class climate”:

Return to the guide “Developing an inclusive classroom culture ”

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