Students from Chorlton High School, a co-operative Academy in South Manchester, were invited to attend the College’s Co-operative Education Conference on Friday 22 April and give a presentation exploring the relaunch of their School Council and the changes that took place as a result.
Matthew Mantel (Year 10), Maddie Anderson (Year 10), Tyrel Facey (Year 10), Isabel Butterworth (Year 8) and Luis Martinez (Year 8) delivered a presentation to a room of academics, teachers, and people involved in co-operative education. They talked about the importance of democracy at the school, particularly within the school council system, and the changes that they have been able to make as a result. They demonstrated, in role play form, how students are democratically elected onto the School Council and the different stages this involves. They then went on to talk about what they have learnt from engaging in a democratic process, as well as what they have taught staff. They rounded off the presentation by discussing how student voice has developed at Chorlton High School and took questions from the audience.
The students conducted themselves in an outstanding manner and demonstrated maturity and confidence throughout their presentation, engaging the audience in discussions and answering some tough questions.
Staff have been blown away by all the positive feedback and comments on the school Twitter feed from people who had attended the presentation. The students were delighted to hear they had made such a great impression on the audience and taught people such a lot. Comments included:
“Very impressive young people”
“The students were an absolute credit to the school – so enthusiastic and engaging!”
“Fantastic presentation, those young people made me so happy”
“They were amazing! A real credit to themselves, their families and you.”
Chorlton High would like to thank the Co-operative College for giving the opportunity to present at the conference and share their co-operative experiences and achievements. The students thoroughly enjoyed presenting and having the chance to speak to a wide range of people involved in co-operative education.