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. The school council allows children have a ‘voice’ in school issues.
During meetings children are given the opportunity to discuss items that are important to them and their class. The minutes of the meeting are then circulated to each class teacher for feedback to their class and to the head teacher with points for action. As well as this opportunity to discuss ideas, issues and any concerns, there is also a suggestion box in the school hall where children are encouraged to make suggestions that could improve some aspect of school.
Why have a School Council?
- To help children develop responsible attitudes.
- To improve behaviour.
- To create a feeling of belonging.
- To develop listening skills.
- To improve self-confidence.
- To improve pupil/teacher relationships.
School council meetings are held every other week with Mrs Shaw.
This year we have:
- Made posters and signs to remind children of the Golden Rules. We chose where we’d like our posters displayed and put them up.
- We met with the school governors and Mrs Anderson, our head teacher, to discuss recent plans. We learnt about our governors’ roles and responsibilities, which we found very interesting.
- We created a playground 'Buddy Bench' where children can go if they are struggling to find someone to play with. We then led an assembly and showcased some playground games that are safe to play at playtimes.
- We met with Mellors (our school lunch providers) to adapt the school menu. Each class chose well-balanced meal ideas and voted for their favourite. They now form part of our weekly menus.