Windsor Forest Colleges Group students are having their voices heard!  This week the second round of Student Parliaments concluded with an event at Strode’s College.

Students at each of the Group’s colleges have proved keen to share their thoughts with over 150 attending the Parliaments. Lots of great ideas have been suggested to improve the Colleges which go on to be discussed through the Student Union Executive teams.

An idea currently being explored for Strode’s is to set up a peer-led support system for students who are anxious and have mental health issues. The environment is naturally also high on the student agenda with plans to run an eco-project. This would involve bug houses and planting which have environmental benefits such as lavender for bees and to purify the air.

Over in Langley the College is showing its commitment to student voice with the creation of an office for the Student Union Leadership team to meet in. This positive move, which gives additional prominence to learner voice, follows a successful student campaign to college governors and senior leadership team.

Other areas of concern raised by students are issues around street safety and knife and gang crime. Suggestions from students include an inspiring visiting speaker programme and how we might raise awareness and tackle these issues. These ideas are being taken forward by the College wherever possible.

Commenting on the huge role the Parliaments play at each of the Colleges, Bernadette Joslin, Assistant Principal Student Services said: “At these recent Student Parliaments it was great to see curriculum staff and support managers engaging in detailed discussions with students about how to improve provision in their areas. It is important that we listen carefully to all student views and respond positively where we can as this is a crucial part of their college experience and our journey of quality improvement.”

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Student Union Executive (SUE) members of Strode’s College and Langley College recently attended a special training session designed to ensure the Union members are all prepared and inspired to deliver effectively in their new roles.

Meeting for the first time at the training day, the SUE members discussed and shared ideas and looked at ways to support the learners in their individual colleges. They were particularly keen to find ways to further promote and engage students with the Learner Voice in the Windsor Forest Colleges Group.

Part of the training session was led by Jack O’Neill, Vice President for Education and Dan Curran from the Student Union at Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL) who gave the Strode’s and Langley SUEs an insight and first-hand advice, support and training from the successes of RHUL’s Student Union.

To find out more about the Student Union join us for the Strode’s Open Day on Thursday 18 October, 4.30pm to 7.30pm or the Langley Open Day on Tuesday 30 October, 4.30pm to 7.30pm. For further information please click here.

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