Interesting to see Onslow College is giving its students a say over the hiring of their teachers. Recognising students as stakeholders in their schools is a fundamentally progressive and democratic move, and it’d be good to see it happening in other schools too. From this morning’s Dom Post:
Pupils at Wellington’s Onslow College now have a say when it comes to hiring teachers.
Six pupils interviewed the four applicants for two new deputy principals on Saturday before meeting senior teachers and board of trustee members to choose successful appointees.
Principal Stuart Martin said pupils would be involved in choosing all the school’s permanent teachers.
That policy was recently extended to senior positions, previously in the board’s domain.
“Students are stakeholders in the school,” Martin said. “We’re a learning community and we’re all in it together.”
What a refreshing perspective.