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What is the School Council?
Our School Council is a democratically elected group of pupils from each year group. The purpose of the School Council is to represent pupils’ views and opinions on a variety of issues and to be a forum for pupil input into the daily life of the school community. The school council is one way of giving pupils a voice and encouraging them to participate fully in and identify with the life of the school. It is also an opportunity to put many of the thinking skills and personal capabilities into practice as well as delivering real life learning.
Our School Council benefits the whole school, pupils and adults, as it gives opportunities for everyone to communicate their feelings and opinions to school leaders as well as influencing decisions that are made. This enables each child to become a partner in his/her own education.
The school council meets every half term and many issues are discussed including:
• School rules and policies
• Activities after school
• School equipment
• School and community fundraising
• School meals
• Facilities in school
• Community issues
Aims of the School Council
The aims of the School Council are
• To promote pupil voice and views through discussion about issues which affect the life of the school both in the present and in the future
• To help school leaders understand and respect pupils’ points of view
• To give pupils an opportunity to understand and participate in a democratic process
• To encourage pupils to understand the negotiation of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in everyday life.
• To enable pupils to participate effectively in school and address issues of concern both in and out of school
• To enable pupils to become a partner in their education with teachers, support staff and parents
• To give pupils a real say in how they learn and achieve
• To undertake projects that will improve the quality of the school
The Role and Responsibilities of School Council Representatives
School Council representatives who are elected to these roles have been given a very important job to do by their peers as they are expected to:
• attend all meetings
• talk to their classmates and feedback information, ideas and opinions to the School Council
• express their own views on a variety of issues discussed at the meetings
• have ideas to share with the School Council
• speak with confidence
• consider and respect the views of others
• be easily identifiable by wearing a School Council badge