As an Academy, we have a school council consisting of a representative from each class from Year 2 to Year 6. Each representative is voted as part of a democratic process.
What is a school council?
A school council is a group of pupils who are elected to represent the school by ensuring the views of pupils are heard and they support school improvements.
Our school council aims to:
- Develop confidence, responsibility and make the most of their abilities
- Prepare them to play an active role as citizens
- Develop good relationships and respect the differences between people
- To have a “voice” and to share their opinions and ideas with others
- Give pupils the experience of planning, organising and monitoring small projects
- Develop their speaking and listening skills
- Develop their debating skills
- Develop their Mediation and negotiating skills
- Provide them with basic budgeting and managing money skills
What do our school council do?
- Meet with Mr Hyder fortnightly to discuss and sort out any issues, as well as, share ideas. These may include lunchtimes, playtimes, behaviour, after school clubs and fundraising events
- Are responsible for carrying out the ideas that have been discussed and implemented e.g. liaising with pupils, delivering important messages in assemblies, promoting areas for improvement and supporting children during playtimes and lunchtimes
- Are responsible for giving feedback to their class – keeping them informed with the decisions made and involving them in the decisions made (regular whole school votes take place so that we can be certain what the majority want)
What has our school council done recently?
- Discussed playground use and spent money on resources that children can use at play times and dinner times. There is now a trolley system in place where each year group can access resources whilst outside.
- Listened to views from their peers and contributed to a plan for the year to determine areas of school improvement.
- Created a remembrance garden as a focal part of the school to remember the fallen in all wars. Written poems / messages in keeping with the garden, to be read by others.
- Discussed the revised curriculum and how particular subjects are being received and can further be improved.
- Devised, publicised and organised a fund-raising event – ‘Social Conscience Day’ – where money can be raised for those affected by the Turkish / Syrian earthquake.