Students from 16 secondary schools across Bristol came together on Tuesday 26 June to take part in a new programme aimed at nurturing and developing leadership skills.
Organised by Clifton College and Bedminster Down School in partnership with the University of Bristol, 32 Year 8 students took part in team-building, problem solving and persuasion activities with input from Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and We The Curious.
The aim is to run a further series of leadership training days from September. Elements that will be explored include strategic thinking, communication, planning and organisation, people management, managing change and innovation and persuasion. As the programme develops local businesses and organisations will be encouraged to take part to offer their expertise.
Cllr Anna Keen, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, launched programme at Clifton College and said: “We want to make sure Bristol children have access to good opportunities and to achieve great things after they’ve left school. As a Learning City we know the importance of developing skills outside of the curriculum and this programmes on developing the kind of attributes that can help children to achieve no matter what career they choose. I hope that businesses and organisations from around the city will get involved in this programme and help to boost the experiences of our young children.”
Bedminster Down Access to Higher Education co-ordinator Jon Gallop said: “Leadership skills which are positive, productive, flexible and humane are at a premium at the moment. Employer’s surveys state that three out of the five skills they are most commonly looking for are classed as leadership skills. With this new programme, a collaboration between the public, private and higher education sectors, we hope to make real inroads into developing our leaders of the future”
Clifton College Director of External Relations, John Milne added: “We are delighted to be engaged with, and hosting, this programme. It is a great opportunity for the students who will be recording their views on what makes a good leader, reviewing some of the potential barriers to leadership and looking at why leaders are important in our lives.”
All students who complete the course will receive certification from the University of Bristol’s Education Department. The University will provide advice and research into best practice for student leadership throughout the programme.