Tomorrow's Leaders Conference
Bringing together aspiring and newly elected student leaders from Jersey's secondary schools
The inaugural conference brought together aspiring and newly elected student leaders from all secondary schools across Jersey, providing a forum for discussing and developing school leadership skills. Our aim was to create a unique community of student leaders who were equipped and empowered to move into their new roles for the 2022/23 academic year, meeting regularly to share best practices and ideas, and ultimately, delivering the very best in leadership across all our schools.
Opened by keynote speaker, Mr Rob Sainsbury (Interim Director General for CYPES) who spoke about lessons he has learned in leadership, the event covered a range of topics from public speaking to delegation, and from team working to problem-solving. Each session during the day was designed to build the foundation for a core set of skills required in our students’ new roles.
Students then met again in December at the Today’s Leaders Conference to discuss the challenges that they are facing in their roles, to discussion potential solutions and share best practices. Each table brought together student leaders from 3 different schools who all shared their individual challenges. Students then spoke with peers from their own school to produce a plan, inclusive of a timeline and actions to overcome the obstacles that they currently face. It was a brilliant day of collaboration that has most certainly equipped and empowered our student leaders to deliver the very best in leadership in our schools.
We look forward to running Tomorrow’s Leaders and Today’s Leaders again in 2023.
Tomorrow’s Leaders – Thursday 29 June
Today’s Leaders - TBC
The programme for 2023 is under review and will be published shortly. Please find below an overview of the sessions that ran in 2022.
Challenges versus Opportunities in Leadership
Former Victoria College and Jersey College for Girls Prefects will share with delegates their experiences of being a student leader, to include the challenges and opportunities that their role presented them with.
Deputy Headteacher Mr Crossley and Assistant Head Academic Mrs Palfreyman will provide delegates with a series of questions and scenarios to consider and discuss in small groups. Delegates will be supported in trying to find answers and solutions.
Carousel of Guidance
This session will see three speakers share with delegates their key pieces of advice for three different aspects of a leadership role. The sub-sessions in this session will be short and sharp, so students should be ready to think about the aspects of each sub-session that you will apply to your day-to-day practice as a student leader.
Head of Drama, Mr Warburton and Teacher of Drama, Ms Hill will share with you some key considerations for public speaking. This can often be a daunting aspect of school leadership that can be made slightly easier by considering how best to command your audience and deliver your message.
Senior Teacher, Teaching and Learning, Mrs Plummer will introduce you to different roles that exist within a team, using the Belbin model. She will then set you a task which will require each member of your team to take on a role, enabling you to reflect upon the role that you took on and the reasons for doing so.
Why should students attend?
This event will provide students with knowledge and skills to approach their leadership role confidently for the 2022/23 Academic Year. Students will have the opportunity to discuss with other students their ideas and concerns to develop a support network that can be built upon throughout the year.
To support students in accessing and processing the information provided, they will be given a booklet, specifically prepared for them, to fill out during each session with what they have learned. This is designed to be a valuable reminder of what was discussed during the conference that they can keep with them as they move into their leadership roles.
The event was kindly supported by the Victoria College Foundation.