Our Leadership specialism is at the heart of everything we do. Our students learn all about their rights, roles and responsibilities as young leaders in Britain and the world today.
Our Leadership Framework is designed to instil the three interdependent Star leadership virtues of Performance Leadership, Moral Leadership and Civic Leadership – characteristics that together ensure our students not only ‘do their best’ but ‘do the right thing’ and play a full role in society. The Framework sets our focus for leadership development, laying out the key competencies required to develop as well-rounded, ethical and accomplished leaders of tomorrow.
By developing an aptitude for Performance Leadership, we equip our students with the skills to realise their potential for excellence in any performance-related environment. Programmes in sports, creative arts and entrepreneurship offer powerful opportunities to build resilience, cultivate ingenuity and develop leadership potential. Our careers offer focuses on the skills, experience and qualifications needed by leading employers and universities. Through this rounded Performance Leadership programme, students learn that success is contingent on effort, perseverance, strong work ethic, mental toughness, self-discipline and an enduring ability to maintain a positive attitude.
An effective leader does not, however, rely on results alone and – by emphasising the importance of Moral Leadership – our students grow to value the traits of integrity, justice, equity, caring, respect and cooperation; all of which are needed for successful interpersonal relationships and ethical conduct. Our Ethics and Values Programme provides learning opportunities for our students to work through real life ethical dilemmas and challenges and engage in debates and public speaking – activities which foster a respect for others, ethical reflection and a critical consciousness.
Our focus on Civic Leadership develops a commitment to environmental responsibility and accentuates the importance of citizenship, charity and social action. Students experience the merits of community volunteering from a young age. Our project-based civic curriculum teaches young people critical life-long leadership skills such as collaboration, resourcefulness and accountability. Students take on increasingly responsible leadership roles that culminate in Civic Leadership Projects in which they identify a community concern, and then plan, execute and evaluate a project to address it. “Giving something back” is fundamental to our philosophy and all of our students, from the youngest to the oldest, also enjoy planning innovative ways to raise money for charities in the UK and beyond. Together, these opportunities for civic and charitable activities seek to nurture a growing sense of agency and connect our students constructively to their community.
Our Leadership Lecture series brings together highly-successful leaders from the worlds of business, politics and the public sector who embody performance, moral and civic leadership. Students benefit from hearing the success stories of over 100 local, regional and national leaders. These aspirational role models offer real-world advice about setting, achieving and surpassing personal goals, nurturing ambition and self-motivation in all our students.
Through participation in our unique leadership programmes, students work towards securing the core Star leadership values. The Leadership Framework recognises students’ accomplishments and accredits the leadership skills, knowledge and attributes sought by top universities and employers, feeding directly into our vision of nurturing today’s young people and inspiring tomorrow’s leaders.
In January 2014, the school was awarded the Specialism Quality Mark by the Schools, Students and Teachers’ Network to recognise how it “leads and transforms”.
Key Leadership Activities
Student Leadership Roles
Student leaders are recruited throughout the school in a number of roles.
The purpose of student leaders is to:
- Provide the perspective of learners into decision-making within the school;
- Support the school in managing key events, processes and groups of students; and
- Develop autonomy and ownership within the student body.
All student leaders are:
- Elected by peers or selected by teachers and school leaders following a recruitment process.
- Provided with training on their role, key responsibilities and leadership skills.
- Managed by a middle or senior leader.
For more information on our student leadership roles, please click here.
Members of the Student Council are elected by their peers and meet with the Chair of Governors or a senior leader on their behalf on a half-termly basis. The meetings allow students to:
- Provide feedback from their peers on key events and initiatives in school.
- Influence the planning and delivery of forthcoming events and activities.
- Raise concerns on all areas of the school.
The meetings, and their wider role as members of the Student Council, develop students as leaders by developing skills in:
- Building consensus;
- Evaluating and rationalising conflicting feedback that they receive from their peers;
- And being able to persuade others at the Student Council of the merits of their point of view.
The purpose of the Star Diploma programme is to encourage learners to develop their performance, moral and civic leadership – rewarding them for attending fully and working hard in lessons, showing excellent character and manners in and around school and showing a commitment to their local community.
More information on the programme may be found here.
Commemorating World War 1
100 years ago, the world saw the first global conflict of the industrial age. Launched on a tide of fervent patriotism and optimism, World War 1 became a by-word for senseless slaughter and brutal devastation that cost the lives of 16 million people and maimed countless others. Millions of men fought and perished through the mud, barbed wire and stench in the trenches that stretched from the Belgian coast to the Swiss mountains – giving their lives for the gain of a few yards, soon to be lost again. It was a conflict which changed the world forever; inspiring revolutions, dismantling centuries-old empires and destroying the old certainties of the world.
Such is the magnitude of World War 1 on our conscience, it is vital for our learners to have an appreciation of its abject horror, the sacrifice of millions in the cause of liberty and the impact that it has had on the making of our modern world.
At Tauheedul, we are commemorating the centenary of World War 1 through a series of activities during each of the four year between 2014 and 2018.
More information on these activities may be found here.
In many of these activities, students developed their leadership skills through:
- Taking responsibility for the planning and delivery of key activities.
- Developing an understanding of the moral and civic leadership that underpins these activities and the events that they mark.
- Developing empathy for – and sharing a common purpose with – others.
Leadership & Citizenship Days
In July each year, the school delivers a ‘Citizenship Day’ where learners enhance their understanding of leadership skills through the prism of learning about civic and moral leadership by exploring a range of issues, such as bullying, pupil voice, social mixing, recycling, healthy food and other contemporary issues.
Students learn about leadership through advocacy and had the opportunity to work with organizations, such as the National Citizen Service.
Duke of Edinburgh Award
Each year, the school delivers the Bronze Level of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. The programme involves a range of activities – including volunteering, physical assessments, orienteering activities, a residential and an expedition.
The activities – managed and coordinated by the school – enable students to develop leadership skills relating to working in a team, receiving and giving instructions, communication, mental fortitude and perseverance and social and self-awareness.
Mini MBA Qualification, Teach First & Extended Project Qualification
To develop leadership within our brightest students, the Sixth Form delivers two new programmes for the most able learners:
- The brightest Year 12 students attend a four-day residential at Cambridge University. In partnership with First Teach, students are able to participate in seminars, meet lecturers and undergraduates, experience accommodation at the University and spend time with talented Sixth formers of different backgrounds from across the country.
- In addition, a ‘mini MBA’ course is delivered for Gifted and Talented students. In the programme, students attend academic lectures in Business delivered by the University of Lancashire (UCLAN) and then lead on an independent research project in collaboration with local businesses. Students are also able to extend their research to achieve an AS Level in AQA’s Extended Project Qualification.
Both programmes develop the ability of students to think critically and creatively, be more self-managing, develop self and social awareness and have emotional literacy.
Enterprise Days and Enterprise Week
Students in Year 7, 8 and 9 complete an ‘Enterprise Day’ in July. The day helped students to learn entrepreneurial skills such as problem-solving, working with others, financial planning, marketing, customer relations and presentational skills. Students received input from a number of local business and community leaders as part of their learning on the day.
In addition, students in Year 10 spend a full week in Enterprise-related activity. The week, delivered in July, involves setting up a business, producing and marketing a product, selling to parents and the school community and presenting their learning to a panel, consisting of successful local business people.
The programme is supported by representatives from KPMG (who kindly host a visit to their North West Headquarters for the winning team), Shine Charity, local charities and employers such as Apple Distinguished Educators, EuroGarages and Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.
Each year, student journalists are recruited and autonomously produce a termly newsletter (‘The Voice’) which reports on the activities within school as well as the important themes and issues of the day. There is a student editor, who will commission stories and manage a team of journalists from across the school. The newsletter is shared with students, staff, Governors and parents – and added to the website.
As part of the process, students develop important skills relating to leadership – such as articulacy, interviewing, communicating, meeting deadlines, judicious reporting and empathy.
Oratory & Debating Skills
In order to develop character and foster the development of well-articulated and confident students, the school has introduced a programme of regular public speaking events and debates.
The aim of the events is to allow learners to gain an experience of sharing ideas and communicating disagreements in a constructive manner.
As part of these efforts, the school:
- Delivers three workshops; ‘Persuasive and effective arguments’, ‘Verbal communication’ and ‘Non-verbal communication’.
- Delivers monthly TDebates led by students on various motions linked to spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
- Uses the KS3 Citizenship lessons to encourage debating and improving oratory skills.
- Delivers a number of debates between teachers to model debating and presenting to students of all ages.
In addition, a student each week was asked to deliver a short oratory during the assembly to their peers on a topic or issue of concern to them. The initiative, known as ‘In the Spotlight’, allows students to make a case for a particular change in the world and develop skills in articulacy, persuasion and oratory.
Each January, the school marks the Holocaust.
Between 1941 and 1945, the Nazis attempted to annihilate all of Europe’s Jews. This systematic and planned attempt to murder European Jewry is known as the Holocaust (‘HaShoah’ or ‘The Catastrophe’ in Hebrew). Over the course of four years, six million Jewish men, women and children perished in ghettos, mass-shootings, concentration camps and extermination camps.
Each year, on January 27th, students and staff at Tauheedul remember the victims of the Holocaust and the many subsequent genocides.
In partnership with the Anne Frank Trust, the school install an exhibition which is visited by all students. Peer guides were trained by staff from the Anne Frank Trust and then guided their fellow students through the exhibition.
As well as the exhibition and special assemblies delivered by descendants of Holocaust survivors, students join learners from other schools to attend a special ceremony to mark the Holocaust at the Town Hall.