Pupils from Newport High School visited the University of South Wales (USW) last week after successfully completing a Leadership Skills course delivered by the South Wales Business School.
The group of sixth form pupils, who completed the two-day course earlier this year, came to USW’s Newport Campus where they were presented with certificates and enjoyed a tour of the facilities.
During the course, the students were given an introduction to leadership and the importance of developing leadership skills, before being challenged to think about their leadership role models and analyse their style and approach. They worked in groups to deliver presentations on what makes a good leader, before reflecting on what they had learnt and what they could improve on in the future.
Julie Prior, Deputy Director of South Wales Business School, delivered the course to a group of 45 students at the school. She said: “I was blown away by the positive engagement from all of the students, and was particularly impressed to see their confidence growing throughout the short time I got to know them.
“I enjoyed seeing them presenting back to their peers, discussing what makes a good leader, and reflecting on their own leadership styles and how they could work on developing further. We hope to continue delivering this course to future students at Newport High, and across the region.”
Ieuan, 16, was one of the pupils who completed the course. He said: “I did Business Studies at GCSE, and was interested in doing the course as I’d like to explore leadership roles in the future, perhaps in the area of software engineering. I really enjoyed the course, because it helped me to identify areas I need to work on for my personal development.”
Amelia, 16, and Madison, also 16, learned a lot from the course. Amelia said: “I’m interested in teaching in the future, and decided to do this course as I thought it would help to have something extra on my CV. It was challenging to do a speech on our role models, but it really helped boost my confidence.”
Madison added: “The course was a great experience to add to my CV and help with job applications and my personal statement for university applications. It helped give us those extra skills for the future.”
Louise James, Head of Sixth Form at Newport High School, added: “Our school is focusing on developing leadership – we run Student Voice Leadership Groups as part of this – and so this course was a great opportunity for the pupils to help boost their self-esteem and raise aspirations.
More Newport High students than ever before are now furthering their education at university, so having such a positive relationship with USW is fantastic for the pupils; as well as being able to see university as a realistic and exciting prospect, they are benefiting from valuable help with their personal statements and lots of information about the range of study opportunities on offer.”
Mark Jackson, Director of South Wales Business School, presented the students with their certificates. He said: “We were delighted to be able to deliver the Leadership course to so many students from Newport High School, helping to stretch and challenge them to think critically about theories, frameworks and ideas in business management; helping them to find out what makes a business tick, and honing their aspirations to become the business leaders of tomorrow.
“Here at the South Wales Business School, graduate employability is at the heart of our curriculum. All of our courses are designed in consultation with businesses and many are accredited by professional bodies, ensuring that our graduates are equipped with the skills and qualifications to succeed in an ever-changing business environment.
“Having such positive relationships with local schools, such as Newport High, is key to us being able to prepare students with valuable skills for the workplace, help develop their career opportunities and strengthen the local, national and regional economy.”