YTA Student Leadership Award

YTA Student Leadership Award

About this activity

Suitable for secondary school pupils (Key Stages 3 and 4).

Would you like to give your students an opportunity to develop and practise their leadership skills, in preparation for life beyond school? 

The YTA Student Leadership Award was developed by students, for students, in partnership with teachers, HE, FE institutions, and employers. Together they identified ten key skills that young people need to be successful leaders, and grouped into three core themes: Developing myself, contributing to my community, and working with others. These skills and themes are grouped into a self-assessment framework, which have been adapted to reflect the YTA programme.

Please see our self-assessment framework, or visit SSAT for more information.

How it works

Students assess themselves against this framework, and then use the experience gathered throughout the YTA programme to advance themselves and gather evidence to showcase their new skills in a portfolio. Students can work towards the award at three levels: bronze, silver, and gold. Unlike other awards, the YTA Student Leadership Award is moderated by students’ peers as well as by SSAT (School, Student and Teacher Network) ensuring the process both reinforces and rewards meaningful student leadership.

What you’ll need

  • Up to 12 YTAs

  • YTA coordinator

  • A member of school staff to oversee and coordinate the YTA Student Leadership Award (this can be your school’s YTA Champion)

    How to evidence your activity

  • What is relevant? Any evidence provided in the portfolio must relate to the level of accreditation the student is seeking to achieve.

  • What is sufficient? The amount of evidence is subjective to each student, although, the depth of requirement at each level will vary. Your YTA coordinator will provide further advise prior to official submission.

Uses for the portfolio

The portfolio is an important resource which many students will find useful to retain once they have achieved their YTA Student Leadership Award, particularly as part of their ongoing engagement with Youth Travel Ambassadors, and when applying for university, apprenticeships or future jobs,

If your school would like to take part in the YTA Student Leadership Award, contact your YTA coordinator, borough officer or email [email protected]

Activity steps

Request a starter kit from your YTA coordinator
This will consist of: YTA Student Leadership Award criteria, supporting statements, portfolio cover sheet, reflection guide and a portfolio to store these documents.
Once the students are familiar with the YTA Student Leadership Award criteria, students will then assess themselves against the ten strands as either bronze, silver or gold.
Collecting the evidence
Students are then tasked to provide evidence for each of the ten strands needed to build a complete portfolio.
Peer moderation
Each student will then be given another students portfolio for assessment.
External moderation
Your YTA coordinator will collect the portfolios, check that they meet the criteria and send away for external moderation.


  • Partnership

This activity counts towards:

  • Partnerships

How it helps

  • Pupils self-reflect on their own skills as leaders
  • Work collaboratively to plan and deliver
  • Aspire to take on leadership responsibilities