Student leadership

Developing student leadership skills

We believe all students need personal leadership and resilience skills to set them up for success in the future. Many schools are implementing programmes to address this, with initiatives such as the OECD Future of Education and Skills 2030 project – attempting to define the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values students will need to thrive as they progress through and beyond their formal education.


Personal leadership mindsets

Young people need to start by building awareness of themselves – self leadership comes before leading others. A great starting point is exploring what really matters to them, and finding clarity on the core values that motivate and drive them. Embracing a growth mindset will help them to thrive and build optimism for the future. Along the way, they may need support to build their confidence and develop resilience strategies to cope with setbacks and stresses.

Young People’s Spark Programme

Our Young People’s Spark Programme offers a structured way for your students to build their personal leadership skills over a period of months. Targeted at Years 9-12, the programme comprises a series of ten one-hour lessons that can be delivered flexibly in schools by your teachers. We provide training, detailed lesson guides, student workbooks and videos.

Schools may choose to deliver the Spark Programme to year groups through PSHE lessons or tutor/form time – or instead focus on a target group, such as Student Council representatives, or young people on alternative learning pathways.

Hear one student reflect on her new insights on personal leadership

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The programme comprises three modules: Finding my Spark, Keeping my Spark and Sharing my Spark. We are grateful to the Jack Petchey Foundation for sponsoring the development of this programme and its pilot across London schools.