What is a School Council?
A school council is a representative group of students who have been proposed and elected by their peers to represent their views and raise issues with Senior Managers and Governors of their school. The elections take place at the beginning of each school year.
A School Council can also propose and take forward initiatives and projects on behalf of their peers, and be involved in strategic planning and processes such as the School Development Plan, governing body meetings and staff appointments.
The object of an effective School council is to help children and young people to:
- enjoy and feel empowered by their education;
- feel that their school responds to their needs and views;
- have the opportunity to let adults know their feelings and opinions about things that affect them;
- have a say about decisions, and to play an active role in making their school a better place;
- develop active life skills through participating.
Our school council is supported by Miss While and Mrs Alderson.
Two children from every class represent their own class on the School Council. The children are elected to the School Council by their peers. They take whole school issues and ideas from their own class councils and feed them into the School Council. They also share ideas and decisions from School Council with their class. Decisions made within School Council can, and do, have a real impact on the rest of the school.
What do we do?
Our school council meets each half term to discuss and sort out a number of important matters. These may include school lunches, school equipment, the environment, behaviour or ideas for fundraising events. Members of the school council will be responsible for carrying out the ideas that have been agreed, such as planning discos, writing newsletters, or meeting with staff and governors. We represent the views of all students and get things done.
These are some things that make our council effective:
- Regular meetings
- A council that is not too big
- Good communication between representatives and their class
- Smaller groups (subcommittees) working on specific events or issues
- Roles and responsibilities. Everyone has a job on School Council because we think it’s important that the children run it and are fully involved in it.
Children within our school take on various roles and responsibilities:
This academic year the children have chosen animal charities to focus on. In particular, they wanted to support the work of the WWF.
Over the summer term a fund raising event will be planned with an animal theme. The school council have suggested a sponsored walk (around school grounds) with children dressed up as an animal of their choice. We are hoping it will be a roaring success!
A date will be agreed for this event at our next school council meeting at the beginning of the Summer term.