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Are there any models for developing student leadership in a secondary school? This article looks at the sorts of roles created, a leadership model structure and examples of how student leadership is included in strategic plans.

Leadership roles: examples

Haggerston School

Haggerston School in Hackney offers a number of leadership roles for students.

Its website states:

We believe student leadership is one of the central strands of student achievement.
... We wanted as many students as possible to be able to take on a leadership role.

The roles outlined below are publicised in assemblies and tutor time, and applications are made at the end of the summer term. The roles are explained in more detail below.

Sixth-form future leaders

The sixth-form future leaders role provides opportunities that "expand their skill sets in preparation for life beyond Haggerston". There are opportunities to be sports ambassadors, which involves supporting students in Key Stages 3 and 4 through coaching, organising and refereeing. There is also a 'professional friends' initiative which pairs sixth formers with a year 7 partner.

Headteacher ambassadors have the most senior roles of responsibility. Every

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