Thornbeck College believes in listening to learners views and offer a variety of opportunities for them to have direct involvement in assessing and shaping their own learning experience in college. Learners are frequently involved in providing feedback to the senior leadership team on all aspects of the college. Leaders have incorporated the views of learners into all aspects of its work, including the development of the curriculum and the appointment of staff.
Student Council members are elected through a democratic process across programme on an annual basis. Student Council Representatives listen to and carry forward the ideas of peers in termly meetings with the Senior Leadership Team. The Student Council also has involvement with community projects, raising the profile of Thornbeck College and Learner Voice.
Learner voice is integral to support learners to express their views and opinions at college. On a termly basis learners complete differentiated timetable surveys to identify the sessions they enjoy, any they don’t and any alternative sessions they would like to try. Staff also complete indicators of wellbeing during sessions to determine positive and negative indicators for learners that find it difficult to make a choice. The learner voice survey data is analysed and used to inform termly timetables.
This week at Thornbeck College the votes were in for our student council roles. Promoting British Values, the learners demonstrated democracy by voting for their peers and placing their votes in a confidential ballot box, before applying functional maths skills to count the votes.
Congratulations to our Student Council Team of 2019-20!