Each of the four hubs have 2 representatives on the student council. Matters are discussed in tutor groups and the representatives share group ideas and opinions in the meetings. The speech and language therapists ensure that a range of methods are used to help learners communicate effectively. All meetings are minuted. The governors of the college and senior management team read the minutes and respond to issues raised.
The agenda is set by the chair in response to requests from the management and the students. The matters are discussed in the meeting, fed back to groups and then re-discussed in meetings. It is vital that students recognise that what they think is important and valid. There are many positive effects of the student council including:
- students can influence their environment
- recognition that their opinion counts alongside the opinions of others
- an understanding of compromise and how it can be achieved fairly
- they can develop a greater understanding of their place in the world
- they can recognise and benefit the needs of their peers
- they decide what is fun and influence the social activities in college ensuring they appeal to their peer group
- they ensure we demonstrate our whole college understanding of the needs of others through their suggestions and activities for charity fund raising.
Members of the student council represent students on other college committees alongside staff, management and governors.