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.
At TIGHS, we strongly believe that the leaders of tomorrow must be nurtured through positive experiences today, that it is not enough simply to teach about good leadership, but that it must be experienced; and that the greater individuality and self-reflectivity one fosters within a young person through a personalised and experiential curriculum in leadership, the more rewards there are in terms of personal development and attainment.
The Star R-18 Leadership Framework captures this commitment to nurture and develop the leadership potential of Star pupils via the identification of specific virtues linked to a competency matrix that encompasses the entire schooling experience from Reception to Key Stage 5.
In placing leadership at the very heart of our organisation, the Star R-18 Leadership Framework intends to develop well-rounded, ethical and accomplished leaders of tomorrow. Pupil leaders who act from a strong self-concept; individuals who are passionate, determined and tenacious, willing to courageously lead and to humbly serve others. These leaders are inspiring role models and active citizens equipped to engage across a diverse and wide range of contexts in the pursuit of excellence.
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 Tauheedul Baccalaureate 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.
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.
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.
Working with the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, our Youth Champions led a series of events to commemorate the Holocaust.
These included assemblies, artwork, workshops led by the family of holocaust survivors and representing the school at the town’s memorial event.