The Thomas Hardye School

THS Student Voice attend first Youth Summit

Student Voice

Pictured above: Student Voice members Deborah, Sophie, Niall, Amelie, Lucy, Charlie, Ruth

On Tuesday 10th October members of the Thomas Hardye Student Voice attended Dorset’s first ever ‘Youth Voice Summit’ at Kingston Maurward College.

The Youth Voice Summit was an opportunity for the students to shape how young people’s views are listened to and acted upon in Dorset.The participants explored what makes a good Student Voice and met with decision makers, including local councillors and County Council service providers, discussing how the Student Voice can support decision makers to work with them. They also devised a plan of action for Student Voice’s campaigns for the coming year.

The day was packed full of creative ways to engage students from a ‘polaroid pledge’ wall to a best tweet competition and even play-dough. Delegates were encouraged to use social media throughout the day to share the day with their peers; its safe to say Thomas Hardye students embraced this!

A special mention should go to Student Voice member Charlie Bone who came up with and performed a rap to decision makers, promoting self confidence. The day encouraged students to think about their roles as Student Voice members and use their creativity to come up with solutions to challenges they may face. After lunch the students listened to an inspiring speech from the British Youth Council on how they can take an active role in decision making. This was particularly inspiring for our students as the current chair of the British Youth Council, Anna Barker, is a former Thomas Hardye student! 

The event was run by the Dorset Youth Council and hosted by members of the UK Youth Parliament. The advice of the delegates will go on create a vision for the Dorset Youth Council’s strategy for change over the next 2 years.

The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended and the Student Voice are looking forward to applying what they learnt in the coming year, making sure that all Thomas Hardye students are listened to!


October 2017