YOUNGSTERS weighed in on their learning at an annual conference aimed at encouraging self expression.

Children from Greenfield Community College, in Newton Aycliffe, attended a student voice conference, coordinated by Greenfield Arts.

The ‘Make it Matter’ conference brought together students, staff and artists and invited guests to have their say on learning at the school.

The conference was held at the Xcel Centre and saw more than 180 students raise their voices and suggest new learning tools.

The conference followed months of research into learning.

Student leaders led learning activities including inspirational talks and workshops – building sticky note rainbows, filling cut out body shapes with skills and attributes and working in their school house groups to suggest possible positive actions.

Organiser Katy Milne, director of creativity at Greenfield Arts said she was thrilled with the response of all involved.

She said: “This has been a great experience for the students, a rare opportunity for KS3 and KS4 to not only attend a conference but to be so instrumental in its planning, aims, objectives and organisation in a bid to ‘Make it Matter’. We look forward to seeing the ideas in action and understanding the impact they can make across the school and our wider community next term.

"I'd like to say thank you to all the students involved, including the student leaders, the newshounds and the your voice, your say group – thank you also to the team of school staff and artists involved in the project."