What is the School Council?
- An inclusive, structured, forum for discussion and decision-making
- A means for children to raise issues and concerns
- A means to consult all pupils
Why have a School Council?
- To help children develop responsible attitudes
- To improve behaviour
- To give children hands-on experience of issues in the National Curriculum, including PHSE and Citizenship
- To create a feeling of belonging, encourage listening to others and develop self-confidence
- To improve pupil/teacher relationships
How does the School Council work?
- The Chair leads the meetings
- Conventional committee procedures are used
- Class representatives bring issues to the School Council
The School Council have outlined the roles of each officer, which will be as follows:
- draw up an agenda – all members can add to this up to two days before a meeting
- take views of other Council members
- give their views about matters being considered
- take the Chairperson’s place if not available
- assist the Chairperson
- take down the minutes of the meeting (minutes should be available by Monday morning following a Friday meeting)
- write any letters/communicate with others
If a member seeks election as Chairperson, and is unsuccessful, they will automatically go forward for possible election as Vice-Chairperson.
The Council agreed that these positions should be open to year 6 pupils only.
When does the School Council take place?
Usually every week, on a Wednesday, for 30 minutes.
How can I raise an issue?
Tell your class representative- your point will be raised at the next meeting.
How do I find out what happened?
Class representatives will feed back to their class as soon as possible the following week during class council.