School Council 2016 - 2017

What is a school council?

A school council is a representative group of students who have been proposed and elected by their peers to represent their views and raise issues with Senior Managers and Governors of their school.

A School Council can also propose and take forward initiatives and projects on behalf of their peers, and be involved in strategic planning and processes such as the School Development Plan, governing body meetings and staff appointments.

The object of an effective School council is to help children and young people to:  

*enjoy and feel empowered by their education;  

*feel that their school responds to their needs and views;  

*have the opportunity to let adults know their feelings and opinions about things that affect them;  

*have a say about decisions, and to play an active role in making their school a better place;  

*develop active life skills through participating.

Our school council is supported by Mrs Switzer.

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.

What do we do?

Our school council meets twice each half term to discuss and sort out a number of important matters. These may include school lunches, school equipment, the environment, behaviour or ideas for fundraising events. Members of the school council will be responsible for carrying out the ideas that have been agreed, as they represent the views of all students and they have a desire to get things done. These are some things that make our council effective:  *   Regular meetings  *   A council that is not too big  *   Good communication between representatives and their class *.