Children from across the South East Cornwall Multi Academy Regional Trust (SMART) came together at saltash.net community school on the 5th December, to continue the Trust’s collaborative and student driven approach.

In their second meeting of the 2017-18 school year, student representatives from Looe, Liskeard, saltash.net, Trewidland and Landulph discussed and worked towards resolutions for a number of issues that had been raised in September’s meeting.

Unfortunately, pupils from Dobwalls Primary School were unable to attend, but they have been fully briefed and will be in attendance at the next student council meeting in February.

Top of the agenda was reviewing and following up on September’s discussions regarding the Student Leadership scheme, which is being introduced across SMART. This scheme is designed to empower students, equipping them with the voice and responsibility to become better leaders. Dobwalls, Landulph and Trewidland will award 10 leadership badges, whilst Liskeard, Looe and saltash.net will present 20 to students who have shown an interest in becoming one of their schools’ leaders.

SMART’s student councillors observed lessons taking place at saltash.net and went on a tour of the school. This follows student agreement at the previous council meeting in September that this was a worthwhile experience, providing those in attendance with a greater insight to how each school works.

Finally, student councillors began work, in mixed school groups, on a report to be given to SMART’s governors. This will be the culmination of several student council meetings’ work, and create a direct link between SMART’s young people and the highest level of SMART leadership.

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