Young Leaders Program

A student leadership program for primary schools

The Young Leaders Program helps teachers to create leadership skills in young people. It incorporates ideas, tools and activities to help train students in the final two years of primary school and those who are given specific leadership roles.

There are three parts to the program

  1. Personal Leadership
  2. Public Leadership
  3. Induction and mentoring

The program is based on five building blocks of presentation skills, responsibility, organisation, teamwork and emotional intelligence. It is provided as a kit containing easy to follow teachers manuals, student workbooks, classroom posters and activity cards. It is easy to run, fits easily into the existing curriculum, and caters for the whole class.

Developed by renowned parenting educator Michael Grose
A former teacher with a Master of Educational Studies


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In all walks of life there are leaders. In work, at school, in families, in sport and in the wider community, people are required to lead others. Every child has the potential to be a leader given the right set of circumstances and environment.

Some children show leadership on the sporting field but may not show leadership within a classroom or other setting. It’s therefore important to provide a variety of environments and opportunities for children to fulfil their leadership potential.

The Young Leaders Program reflects the importance of developing the skills and attitudes that student leaders need as well as developing a culture of leadership in a school. The program encourages schools to promote a sense of service in their young leaders.

The Young Leaders program shows teachers the skills and qualities they need to nurture and also gives options about how they can conduct training within their school.

There are three parts to the Young Leaders Program:

  1. Personal Leadership
  2. Public Leadership
  3. Induction & Mentoring

The program combines in-school activities, at-home tasks and includes parents and mentors in the program.

The Young Leaders Program kit contains a handy storage box, easy to follow teachers manuals and student workbooks in electronic and printed form, classroom posters and activity cards.

As a starting point for helping young people develop the building blocks of leadership it is important to establish with them what it means to be a leader. It is not just about developing skills and behaviours, it is also about thinking habits.

It is important to move students beyond simplistic, self-centred thinking about leadership. When they think beyond the initial ‘me’ and move to thinking about ‘we’, students begin to see real benefits in embracing the concept of leadership development, particularly relating to service of others.

The personal leadership part of the program develops personal leadership skills where students learn about the mindsets and behaviours that will help them become confident leaders. There are eight sessions.

Session 1: Introduction
Session 2: Presentation skills
Session 3: Responsibility
Session 4: Organisation
Session 5: Teamwork
Session 6: Emotional intelligence
Session 7: Creating a class emotional intelligence agreement
Session 8: Conclusion

When a young person focuses on how they can work for the good of others, they are well placed to lead. Leadership is most effective if students develop a service and benefit mindset.

As student leaders meet new and challenging situations, they will experience a range of emotions. Their ability to recognise how they feel and regulate their emotions will increase their effectiveness and enhance their wellbeing. A student leader also needs to recognise emotions and feelings in others.

The public leadership part of the program prepares students for leadership in a more public or group sense. It also helps them to recognise, label and better understand their emotions. It contains student activities covering common aspects of student leadership. The activities (comprising individual, group, school and home based) provide context for students to further develop leadership mindsets and behaviours.

This part of the program is made up of seven sessions.

Session 1: Revision
Session 2: Activity
Session 3: Activity
Session 4: Activity
Session 5: Regulating emotions
Session 6: Creating a class emotional intelligence agreement
Session 7: Conclusion

Schools that develop an inclusive notion of leadership make sure that the leadership tasks and opportunities they choose are suitable for the widest range of students possible. The greater the breadth of opportunity, the greater the participation rate in student leadership.

The induction part of the program prepares elected students for their positions of leadership and provides them with a greater understanding of leadership in general.

Session 1: Leadership role
Session 2: Creating a coat of arms
Session 3: Role modelling

The mentoring part of the program introduces the concept of mentoring to students and encourages students to choose a mentor to assist with their leadership development. It also helps students explore what it was like to be a mentee, and then introduces the concept of being a mentor to someone else.

Session 1: Being mentored
Session 2: Being a mentor
Session 3: Leaving a legacy
Session 4: Passing on the learning