Congratulations to the Student Council at Northampton Academy for the creation of the 'Simple Solutions' support group which has gained the 'We made a difference award 2015' from the Speaker's School Council Awards.
The project launched in 2014 with a team from the Student Council, consisting of nine students from Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. They felt that there was a need for a system in place within in the school which would allow students to talk anonymously to other students about problems that they may be facing. A secure e-mail system was set up, with the students working with the IT Technicians to ensure that the system complied with E-safety.
To promote the scheme, posters were produced and displayed throughout the Academy and black boxes were installed so students can 'post' their questions. Students from the project team visited tutor groups to further promote and explain the scheme.
The team were very pleased to meet with Principal, Anne Hill to discuss 'Simple Solutions', supported in their project, not only for the recognition of their ideas but also through funding to continue the project.
The Pastoral Team were also involved in the project - their role to deal with issues and problems that the student team were not equipped to deal with.
The team have evaluated the project so far, surveying students who have used the support group and received positive feedback. Students use the group for advice on a range of issues, including exam stress, help with the transition from primary to secondary and friendships.
The next step for the project is to continue to raise awareness throughout the school and improve on the platform they have built.
One Student Council member who has been involved in 'Simple Solutions' says: "I would like to gain the skills of being able to help people with their problems and ideas. I would also like to be more independent and be trusted to get things done. I've always has a passion for teaching people and this project will give me the leadership skills needed to do so, as well as help me communicate more effectively".
The award they received was from the Parliament Education Service, Speaker's School Council. Each year schools from across the UK can submit their entry for a project that they have set up which has helped their school or community.