2018/19 has seen the introduction of the SSAT Student Leadership Accreditation programme at Wakefield Girls' High School. The Student Leadership Accreditation (SLA) is an innovative way of recognising students’ leadership skills and the impact they have in the classroom, across the school, and in the wider community. We launched it to Year 12 and were blown away by the variety of exciting, radical and challenging activities our girls are involved in both in this country and abroad.
Working nationally with students and teachers, SSAT identified ten key skills that young people need to be successful leaders, and grouped into three core themes:
• Developing myself
• Contributing to my community
• Working with others
These skills and themes are grouped into a self-assessment framework and the students assess themselves against a pre-determined framework and then actively seek opportunities to advance themselves and gather evidence to showcase their new skills in a portfolio. Students can work towards the SLA at three levels: bronze, silver, and gold. Unlike other awards, the SLA is moderated by students’ peers as well as by SSAT, ensuring the process both reinforces and rewards meaningful student leadership.
This process encourages students to:
• Critically self-reflect on their own skills as leaders
• Work collaboratively to plan how they will meet the criteria and evidence it
• Organise and structure their evidence
• Peer assess others’ work against criteria
• Aspire to take on increasingly challenging leadership responsibilities
Many of the skills students use in this process reinforce key learning competencies in the classroom. The award itself provides valuable evidence of students’ all round achievements when applying for colleges, universities or jobs. The SSAT scheme fits perfectly with the Wakefield Girls' High School commitment to High Performance Learning (HPL) and we are absolutely thrilled that in our first year, we have 24 girls who have all achieved the Gold standard award, with the moderator commenting that the sample sent for moderation was one of the best they have seen!
Many congratulations to our wonderful Year 12 Accredited Student Leaders!