As a result of this feedback, concerns have been addressed around students’ anxieties of returning to school, which has been a huge topic across schools globally, wondering what mental health impact Covid-19 and lockdown has had on young people. They have further improved communication with the Sixth Form community with a new bulletin board and whiteboards. There is a new ‘You Said, We Did’ bulletin where students can see the feedback given and what actions have been taken to work on this area. They have also been able to act on local issues, and work with police to provide a contextual response to community issues.
Ofsted Report Quote:
“You and other leaders take effective action to provide support for vulnerable pupils. For example, as part of your plan to support pupils back to school, staff worked closely with vulnerable pupils’ families. Leaders also introduced an online system for pupils to share their worries with staff. Pupils are encouraged to share any concerns they have about returning to school. Pupils value this and said that teachers respond to their concerns quickly. This has helped to reduce some pupils’ anxieties about returning to school.”
“Safeguarding is more important than ever, with young people deeply affected by recent events,” says Louis Donald, Director of Safeguarding at Stowe Valley Multi Academy Trust. “In addition to COVID-19, both personal and online safety have been raised multiple times in the news. It’s really important to us that our students are able to raise concerns in as easy a way as possible and feel listened to.”
“Young people have grown up with phones, tablets and the Internet,” says Stephen Willoughby, CEO of The Student Voice. “It’s an everyday and natural way to communicate for them and making use of this connection they have is raising safeguarding issues much more accessible.”