What is a school council?
A school council is group of students who are elected to represent the views of all pupils and to improve their school. Each year, every class will normally elect 2 representatives to be members of the school council. The council will then meet to elect officers such as: Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer.
What does it do?
A school council does a number of things:
- The school council meets – usually with a teacher present – to discuss and sort out problems. These may include school lunches, behaviour or ideas for fundraising events.
- Members of the school council will be responsible for carrying out the ideas that have been agreed, such as planning fundraising events, organising clubs and delivering assemblies.
What makes our school council a good one?
A good school council is one that represents the views of all pupils and gets things done. These are some things that make a council effective:
- Regular meetings
- A council that is not too big
- Good communication between representatives and their class
- Training for school council members
- A bank account or budget (however small)
- Annual evaluations
Our School Council meets once a month. Two children from every class represent their own class on the School Council. The children are elected to the School Council by their peers. They take whole school issues and ideas from their own class councils and feed them into the School Council. They also share ideas and decisions from School Council with their class. Decisions made within School Council can, and do, have a real impact on the rest of the school.
The School Council have an ‘ideas box’. It is available for anyone to pop their ideas on a note and put it in the box. At every School Council meeting the box is emptied, the notes are read out and the members discuss the ideas to see if there is anything they can do to bring them to life.
Achievements so far this year:
- Fundraising for charities Children in Need, Save the Children and Sport Relief
- Introduction of ‘jumper baskets’ on KS2 playground
- Ideas put forward for the formulation of a lunchtime club
- Continue to raise money for, and support Ayan from Somaliland
Projects our school council are planning to work on this year are:
- Developing children’s roles of responsibility in school-‘Green Teams’, ‘Cloakroom Challenge’, Tidy Playgrounds
- Driving fundraising events for our chosen charities
- Carrying out a pupil questionnaire
- Meeting with the school governors
- Establishing a lunchtime club for children
- Evaluation of our School Council
- Introducing a school council budget