School Council

In September every class from Year 2 to Year 6 elect two children who will represent their class on the School Council. They are responsible for looking after the class folder and suggestion box and for taking the class ideas to the School Council Meeting.
Our school council has 18 members plus a Chairperson and a Secretary. You can find the job description for these two jobs attached. Our teacher representative is Mrs Harrison.
We meet two or three times a term to discuss class ideas. Our main focus for this year will be liaising with the kitchen staff on lunches.
To find out more about the School Councils please read below:
What is a school council? 
A school council is group of pupils who are elected to represent the views of all pupils and to improve their school.
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 writing newspaper articles or meeting with catering staff.
What jobs are there? 

Each year, every class will normally elect 2 representatives to be members of the school council. The council will also have a Chair and a Secretary.
 
What makes a good one? 

A good school council is one that represents the views of all students and gets things done. Many schools have councils, but they are not all successful. These are some things that make a council effective:
  • Regular meetings
  • A council that is not too big
  • Class councils that meet regularly
  • Good communication between representatives and their class
  • Training for school council members
  • Smaller groups (subcommittees) working on specific events or issues
  • A bank account or budget (however small)
  • Annual evaluations
Do they get anything done? 

Many school councils just talk.
Good school councils do get things done and examples include councils who:
  • Successfully campaigned to the local council and got their toilets sorted out
  • Re-designed the school cafeteria and lunch menu
  • Reduced bullying by introducing a telephone helpline for victims
  • Designed a new homework diary and sold over a thousand copies
  • Changed the school uniform from blazer and tie to comfortable sweatshirts
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