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Listening to young people

At Bassaleg School we offer a wide range of opportunities for our learners to take on leadership roles and to develop their leadership skills. Many of these opportunities are offered through our Listening to Young People agenda with active councils who meet regularly to engage in discussion on a wide range of topics including pupil wellbeing, mental health, teaching & learning, the curriculum & behaviour for learning.

Leadership Council

Bassaleg School is extremely fortunate to have a huge range of councils to represent as many pupils' voices as possible. However, due to the increasing volume of councils and the variety of causes they support, a lack of communication between councils has become noticeable with different councils experiencing crossovers of the same issues being the leading factor. In order to tackle this problem, the Leadership Council has been formed for Year 11s, 12s and 13s.

 

This is in place to act as a bridge between the other councils and find ways to gather and present information from all over the school in the most effective way possible as well as distributing subjects to the right teams in order to make the process more efficient.

 

From deciding the method of presenting whether it be the website or social media, for example or talking to representatives in order to compile notes to be shared at meetings, there is a range of tasks to be tackled by the Leadership Council so that targets are met. 

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School Council

Members of each year group who sit on their Year Council meet once a month to discuss arising issues in the school, put ideas and solutions forward to SLT and are involved in key decisions that are made for our community. They also meet with people like politicians and researchers to contribute their ideas to policies made within our city and country.

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Eco Council

Our main priority is to make our school as Eco friendly as possible through raising awareness of environmental issues and how we can tackle them together. We have been recognised as a Platinum School (highest award) by Eco Schools Wales for our efforts in our school community and have won many competitions, raising money for eco-friendly equipment for our school. We play an active role in tackling the litter problem in school through litter surveys, messages through assemblies, identifying the impact litter has on our wildlife through placing cameras in school, investing in new litter picking equipment and encouraging litter picking in form time, during break and lunch. We are excited to currently be contributing to the Legacy Project of our new building to continue to share our eco message for years to come.

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Reading Council

Reading Buddies has been designed for Sixth Formers to provide excellent support to pupils at KS3 that have a barrier to reading. Sixth Formers are paired with a KS3 pupil and are responsible for encouraging reading for enjoyment as well as helping our young learners to become more confident readers.

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Wellbeing Ambassadors

This group of young people has received specialist training from our partners at Newport MIND in order to plan and deliver support and intervention to some of our young people who might be struggling socially and emotionally. Not only can they offer a unique perspective from their own experience and training but can also act as advocates for some of our fabulous young people who may lack the confidence, at times, to speak for themselves.

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AOLE Councils

Each AOLE (Area of Learning & Experience) has an active AOLE Council whose primary role is to evaluate the classroom experiences that the New Curriculum for Wales has enabled.  Pupils give their opinions & ideas on our themes of learning as well as teaching & learning experiences and help to shape the direction of our curriculum for the future.

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Transition Team

Our year 7 learners are actively engaged in supporting year 6 pupils as they prepare to transition from Primary to Secondary education.  They are committed to giving an honest and genuine sense of day to day life to year 6 pupils, delivering presentations, visiting primary schools and welcoming them to Bassaleg when they attend transition events during the summer term. The transition team also deliver presentations to parents & carers and are actively engaged in follow up Q&A sessions.

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Prefect Council

Year 12 and 13 students are appointed each year to be role models for the school community and undertake various roles and responsibilities while developing their leadership and communication skills in their interactions with our school community and feed primary schools.

 

The Prefect Council are also responsible for our monthly Health and Happiness events to raise money and awareness for local and national charities important to our school while bringing the student body together in fun and exciting ways to build a sense of community, belonging and promote wellbeing

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Year Council

Each year group has a year council which is made up of representatives from each form group.  They meet each half term to discuss year group specific issues. The minutes from year council meetings are shared with our Leadership Council who review the discussions and forward issues to the most appropriate and relevant council for further discussion and action. The Leadership council then feedback to each Year council on progress

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Behaviour for Learning Council

BFL believes all pupils have the right to learn without disruption, should feel safe in the school environment and be treated with respect and dignity. BLF assists with the planning and distribution of rewards and achievements across the school e.g. our rewards store. They play an active role in discussions about how to improve standards of behaviour in lessons and wider school. They also observe lessons through planned learning walks to identify behaviour hot spots and communicate important BFL messages to year and school council. We promote positive relationships which demonstrate mutual respect and understanding, using achievements and rewards to motivate and promote good behaviour.

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Young Carers

We have a constantly increasing group of identified Young Carers at Bassaleg. As well as endeavouring to support them and to raise awareness of the additional needs and understanding they may have as a result of their important role, we recognise that their unique voice is fundamental to decision-making at Bassaleg. As they progress through the school, they are able to support our newer young-carers with compassion and understanding.

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Sports Council

The School Sports Council aims to develop an understanding of our learners’ needs to provide quality sporting opportunities and experiences in Bassaleg School. Our representatives are responsible for relaying information, expressing opinions and creating initiatives to develop teaching and learning in PE, as well as the health and wellbeing of our learners through participation in sport.

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QSA

QSA is our LGBT+ school community group which represents all young people to support them with any relevant issues and to raise awareness to increase understanding of diversity.  

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Mental Health, Happiness & Wellbeing

The schools Mental Health Council ( MHC) is passionate about supporting the major emotional and mental health  concerns currently being experienced by our young people when they are in school and also when they are out in the community. The MHC members are keen to resolve these concerns by raising awareness and by creating strategies to help resolve the obstacles and barriers impacting upon positive mental and emotional wellbeing.

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No 2 Racism

We are an anti-racist group who are trying to create an inclusive community for everyone. We are educators trying to raise awareness and teach others about the effect of what you say. We are amplifiers making sure everyone gets heard. We are activists and constantly challenge the world around us to make it a better place. We are advocates for change, who want to call out racism in all its forms, and ensure everyone feels accepted.  We meet several times a term to discuss issues and share personal experiences and look at how we can change and further develop the attitudes of our community, helping them to be respectful of diversity.  We are currently working on a  and an anti-racism charter and also an anti-racism policy to be adopted by the school  for September 2024.

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