Why do we have a School’s Council?
The School’s Council is an ideal opportunity for pupils to get more involved in the way the school is run. The School Council benefits the whole school, pupils and teachers, because it provides opportunities for pupils to communicate their feelings as well as influence decisions that are made. Councillors develop skills such as confidence, communication and negotiation. It is the responsibility of each Councillor to ensure that they express both their own views and the views of all the other pupils they represent.
Who can be a member of the School’s Council?
We have an active School’s Council with a boy and girl representing their fellow pupils from Year 1 to Year 6. Each councillor is elected by their classmates at the beginning of the year, after a short presentation explaining why they should be elected.
Our School Council is an important part of our school’s Pupil Voice. Issues are discussed in Class Council Meetings and then the children’s views are brought to the School Council by the representatives. We feel that the school council is an important way to teach children about the importance of democracy and decision-making.
Recent work by the School Council
The School Council have been very busy since being elected in September. They have spoken to their respective classes and gathered information from their peers with regards to what the children love about the school and what they would like to improve.
They have also spoken to their classes and given pupil voice feedback regarding the new scheme of work the school is using for learning numeracy – Maths No Problem, and also about Behaviour for Learning within their classrooms.
The councillors have helped to support various charities over the year by organisning and designing posters to advertise Christmas Jumper Day and Red Nose Day.
They are holding a Bring and Buy Toy sale, along with the Eco Councillors, to raise money for new equipment for the school, at the end of the year.
Last year the council raised money for books that can be used in the playgrounds. Thanks to the School and Eco Councillors, each playground now has a large box full of fantastic new books for children to access.