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 Class 1 to Class 6. Each councillor is elected by their classmates at the beginning of each term, 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.
One item which came up was to improve certain playground features. The School Council have already been proactive in giving opinions with regards to plans submitted to update the Year 5/6 playground
They are holding a Bring and Buy Toy sale, along with the Eco Councillors, to raise money for new books that can be accessed at lunchtime in the playgrounds: another request from pupils across the school.
There will be other fundraising activities over the year to fulfil this request.