Students in Years 8 to 10 from secondary schools across United Learning joined up for a three-day social leadership residential at Wellington College.
The residential was part of the Global Social Leaders (GSL) Catalyst, a programme which aims to give students the tools, understanding and confidence to lead social action projects in their own schools. It was led by Future Foundations (FF) facilitators with the support of United Learning teachers, the Wellington Leadership Institute (WLI) and Wellington College.
Over the course of the residential, students were introduced to different leadership styles and ideas for how they can show leadership for themselves, in their schools and in the community. They practised vital project skills such as teamwork, presenting and goal-setting, as well as exploring how partnership and innovation can help to ease social issues. Students were also asked to reflect on their own personal development throughout the programme, helping them to understand and hone their own leadership approach.
30 students each from Northampton Academy, Seahaven Academy, The Regis School, The Totteridge Academy and Walthamstow Academy attended this year’s event, along with their teachers.
Staff from each of the participating schools also took part in a professional development session on supporting their student leadership team to have impact across their school.
Victoria Russell-Robbins, Enrichment Lead at United Learning, said:
“Once again, we have had some excellent feedback from students and staff about the value in the sessions on offer and the opportunity to collaborate with other schools within the Group. Following the residential, students have come away really energised to make use of their learning and – in many cases – new-found confidence, by implementing social action projects within their own schools and communities. We would like to thank Wellington College for hosting us and helping to develop the sessions, and to Future Foundations staff for supporting in the delivery.”