Senior phase school pupils in college

Our training for senior phase school pupils studying at college (launched in 2019-20) is aimed at newly elected pupil reps who have not attended training before. It aims to develop confidence in their role, as being a pupil rep for the first time can be a daunting prospect.

During the COVID-19 crisis, this delivery was paused as sparqs' trainers were unable to deliver training on-site.  We hope to restart this in the future, perhaps looking to enhance the model using some of the recent digital enhancements.

If you are keen to train senior phase school pupils, or  have any queries, please contact Nicola Cameron, Business Manager - to discuss your needs, or email us at

The training is usually available for delivery by sparqs, tailored to meet the individual needs of the college.  In addition, the training can be adapted to be delivered to groups of pupil reps to introduce the importance of the student voice within colleges and to encourage them to participate in a range of feedback and partnership activities. Work to engage pupils is a developing area and colleges will be addressing capturing these learner voices in different ways.

When face-to-face, the training is designed to be delivered to between 12-25 pupils per session. It lasts 2 hours and is split into 2 parts. The first part looks at the role of the rep and what the School/College Learning Experience is, while the second half takes the rep through the process they would go through as a rep. It covers:

  • Effective communication.
  • Gathering pupil opinion.
  • Providing effective feedback.
  • Developing solutions to issues.
  • Meeting skills.

Tailored support and training materials

As support and training materials are tailored to meet the specific needs of individual colleges for this product, standardised materaials are not therefore available for download. Adapted materials will be provided following the tailoring process. 

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