What is a School Council?
We are a group of pupils elected by our fellow pupils to represent their opinions and raise issues with our Executive Head Teacher and our Head of School and governors in our school.
The school council can also take forward projects on behalf of the pupils, and be involved in planning and things like the School Development Plan, governing body meetings and interviewing staff.
To be effective, the school council must:
- Represent all pupils and include as many people as possible
- Take time to listen to all pupils and communicate their views
- Feed back to pupils about what happened about their views
- Make things happen – or explain why they can’t!
In an Effective School Council:
- elections are fair and open
- everyone is represented (e.g. through co-options)
- there are different ways for people to give their views (e.g. class time, suggestion boxes, questionnaires, focus groups…)
- training is in place
- there is effective communication so that people know what happens to their suggestions and ideas
- you see results!
Please see the link below from Newsround to find out more about School Councils:
School Council Minutes – 24.02.2016
We shared the Invitation to enter the Speaker’s School Council Awards 2015/2016 and discussed possible projects.
Fred suggested developing the nature area and incorporating bird houses, squirrel feeders etc etc.
All council members were in favour of this idea.
Mrs. Fox will put this idea to Mrs. Cairns and Mrs. Patterson and the council will run with this idea if it is given the go ahead.
Mrs. Fox to speak to Mrs. Bright about her recent Forest Schools training and whether this would fit and could be supported by School Council.
Sports Relief – Mrs. Fox talked about Sports relief 2016 18th March as a first project
Mrs. Fox to register and order wristbands
Mrs. Fox to deliver an assembly on Sports Relief today 24.02.2016
Ideas discussed were:
Children coming in sports clothes
A sponsored mile around the playground
A Try-athalon (Try a new sport)
School run in the morning
Mr. Manning is to speak to the school council tomorrow to finalise an idea
Mrs. Fox to speak to Mr. Smeaton about adding a School Council section to the website. She will also ask him to set up a Twitter account for School Council. Minutes of meetings can then be shared with the school community via social media
Today the School Council visited the Wild Area with Mr.Wood and Mrs.Fox. We were delighted to see the little fire pit that is in the process of being built and the tyres that have been sunk into the ground. Mr. Wood talked to us about plans for the area , which include 40 metres of woodland trees, another 100 tyres and the rebuilding of the bug hotel. Watch this space for further updates!
Today the School Council met with three of our governors. They discussed their current project and showed the governors around the wild area. Both groups asked each other questions about their roles and responsibilities and learnt a great deal. We hope to meet up again in a few months time.