Support resources for setting up a school Leadership Team (Teaching and Learning)

This tool provides a guide to how East Lothian Council School (Ross High School) set up a Junior Leadership Team in their school.  This guide provides the user with PPT slides used to present the team to pupils, the advert, the application process and the interview questions used.


Since 2015 Pupil ‘Leadership of Learning’ has played a significant part of the School Improvement Plan (SIP).

Vision for JLT at Ross High School was to develop skills for future life and work whilst creating an ethos and environment that provides pupils with the opportunity to lead their learning.

Moving in line with ‘How Good is Your School? 4 (HGIOS?4) which states that all students should play an active role in their school and wider community and regularly take on leadership roles, including leading their learning (Education Scotland, ‘How Good Is Your School? 4, pg 22-23, 2015). It was felt that more could be done to develop a 'pupil voice' which directly contributed to and focused on improving teaching and learning.

The National Improvement Framework (NIF) recognises that leadership is one of the most important aspects of the success of any school. Further commenting that Headteachers and Teachers who are empowered and empower others to take ownership of their own learning, have a strong track record of ensuring that the highest quality of learning and teaching (Scottish Government, ‘National Improvement Framework for Scottish Education - achieving excellence and equality’, January 2016)

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Pupil council application form

This tool provides an exemplification of an application form for a secondary school pupil council.  This material was developed by Musselburgh Grammar School, East Lothian Council to support the development of their pupil council as part of their involvement in the Student Voice: Bridge to Learning project.

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Curriculum Focus Group Questions

These questions were developed to support understanding of pupil experience and to inform policy development.  The package is designed as a set of focus group questions used with Primary 1, Primary 4, Primary 7 and S1 pupils to assess learner feedback on development and progress in the implementation of the 1+2 languages policy in the South-East region of Scotland.

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Student Voice in Action

This tool provides teachers, students and school management with a video stimulus showcasing how students’ voices might be activated and developed in the classroom through effective teaching and learning. It highlights how engaging meaningfully with students through formative assessment provides opportunities for students to become active participants who can exert agency over their own learning and school experience. 

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An introduction to Student Voice- for students

This tool which has been developed by students themselves in an Irish secondary school provides teachers and school management teams with an  animated  video which shows the various ways that Student Voice can be developed inside and outside classrooms. The video is intended for use by schools who are at the early stages of  encouarging students to engege in discussion about the importance and value of Student Voice. The animation could also be used as a model for students to develop their own messages through video, posters or booklets  about the importance of  Student Voice within their own particular context.

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