What is the School Council?
Our School Council meets several times each term to discuss issues that affect the children and the life of the school. The School Council provides the children with a voice and with the opportunity to take responsibility and to contribute to the development of the school. The school council works to make improvements to the school and the way we do things at our school. We look around for things that could be better and discuss what to do. Everyone gets a chance to speak and when we’ve finished we vote on the best ideas and then start working on changing things.
The school appoints the school council members from each of the Key Stage 2 classes.
Who are the School Councillors?
Every term we run an election campaign to vote for two new representatives for each class. A good representative will speak at the council meetings about things that their class is interested in. They will also tell their class about what is going on in the council meetings and put the minutes up in the classroom.
What School Council Representatives Have To Do
The things you’ll be expected to do are ...
• Speak on behalf of the rest of your class
• Make important decisions about all sorts of things
• Attend regular meetings and give up your own time to do project work
• Take everyone’s comments seriously
• Make sure the minutes are displayed in your class
• Report back to your class all of the decisions that the council makes
The Perfect Schools Council Representative
The kind of person you need to be is ...
• Cheerful and enthusiastic
• Easy to get along with
• A good listener
• A good explainer
• Respectful of other people’s ideas ~ be open minded
• Confident ~ don’t be shy
• Chairperson: The Chairperson draws up an agenda – all members can add to this up to two days before a meeting. He/she takes views of other Council members and gives views about matters being discussed.
• Vice Chairperson: The Vice Chairperson takes the Chairperson’s place if he/she is not available. The Vice Chairperson also assists the Chairperson.
• Secretary: The secretary takes down the minutes of the meeting. The minutes are the notes that we take at the meetings; they explain what we said and what will happen next. If your class representative was at the meeting their name will be present. The Secretary also writes any letters and communicates with others.
• Treasurer: The Treasurer learns about finance and discusses any proposed purchases by the Council. He/she also closely monitors and money spent.
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 PSHE, SEAL and Citizenship.
• To create a feeling of belonging, encourage listening to others and develop self-confidence.
How does the School Council work?
The Chair leads the meetings. Class representatives bring issues to the School Council.
When does the School Council take place?
Tuesday lunchtimes 12.15pm – 12.45pm.
How can I raise an issue?
Tell your class representative – your point will be raised at the next meeting. Put a suggestion in the box by the display in the main corridor.
How do I find out what happened at a meeting?
Class representatives will feed back to their class and also Key Stage 1 at an appropriate point during the day or that week.
For up-to-date news and to see who the latest councillors are, please have a quick look at our school notice board outside the ICT room.