Learner Participation Award
Learner participation (LP) is about children and young people having their voice heard when decisions are being made that affect their lives and being actively involved in the decision-making processes. This principle needs to be reflected in the culture and ethos of the whole school community and the systems that govern it.
The form that this participation takes, be it a school council, pupil parliament or focus area committees, does not matter. Participation can happen in many ways and the following award has been designed to allow for this variety of forms. What is important is that the structure is one that allows all children and young people to have their say and to be able to feed their ideas and opinions to a representative group who operate on behalf of all learners.
Whichever Learner Participation Forum you choose to operate within your school or college, for the purpose of these criteria, it will be referred to as a LPF and the pupils involved in it as Representatives.
The award is given at the end of the academic year for the work of the outgoing forum. The schools registration will remain ‘live’ for the following academic year and the school can either apply for re-accreditation at the same level with supporting evidence of activities over the year or apply to progress to a higher level but providing supporting evidence.
The accreditation window is open from February half term to the last Friday before May half term. Successful schools will be notified after May half term and the awards presented shortly thereafter. Schools submitting evidence after this date, during the remainder of the academic year, can still achieve accreditation, but unfortunately will not be able to attend the award ceremony, which is organised to take place mid-June in New County Hall, Truro.
We're currently updating the Learner Participation Area of the website, and you will soon to be able to view and complete your award online, however, in the meantime you can follow the links below to find out more information on the new award:
- PSHERisk managing
- Emotional health and wellbeing
- Resilience and Self Esteem Toolkit (ReSET)
- Whole School Approach to Good Mental Health
- SHEU pupil health-related behaviour survey
- Self Harm - Support for Schools
- Staff Wellbeing
- RSPH Youth Health Champions
- Stress, Anxiety and Mindfulness
- STOP Stigma - Mental Health Resource for Schools
- Transgender Information and Support
- Physical ActivityTime To Move
- Food in SchoolsPart of Food & Cornwall
- FamiliesEngaged & involved
- TrainingAnd resources