Learner Leadership

We encourage all our learners to have a ‘Student Voice’, to become active members of the community and contribute to the decision making aspects of the college.

The Peer Support Team are a group of students formally trained to support others during their transition to college and throughout their time at Hereward. Peer supporters are trained to help students by listening and directing them to the appropriate college support system, as well as being externally trained as Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. Hereward’s Anti-Bullying Ambassadors have received a Diana Award for their anti-bullying initiatives throughout the college.

Our Student Union is very active and plays a key part in representing learner views on all aspects of college life while also organising social and fundraising events. There are a number of roles available in the Student Union and members are elected each year. Activities include weekend events such as a Halloween party, an annual talent show and the end of year prom. The Student Union also lead on awareness and charitable events – particularly those relating to equality and diversity issues.

Course Representatives are responsible for coordinating learner views and opinions on their learning experience. They meet regularly with college decision makers to feedback views and help shape improvements.

Our governing body also includes two Student Governors who provide a vital perspective on the educational experience being offered by the college.

Influencing Change

Hereward students play a key role in setting the agenda for change. They take part in Local Authority Democracy Week activities, contribute to consultations on youth disability matters, and play an active part in the Local Authority Disability Equality Panel.

Learners actively contribute to Natspec (National Association of Specialist Colleges) events and, along with learners from other colleges have taken part in a national demonstration against educational inequality outside the Houses of Parliament.

Students also take part in LOOP, a national independent student-led review run by Leaders Unlocked, which rates schools and colleges on teaching quality, work experience, employment skills, careers advice, support, learning facilities and practical learning.