School Council 2014-15
The school council consists of a group of KS2 pupils who help and give ideas to improve the school.
At the beginning of each year we have an election to pick 1 boy and 1 girl from every class in KS2.
Every Monday at 1:45 we have a council meeting. This takes place in the staff room. After the meeting council representatives
meet with staff to discuss all the points raised in the meeting. Staff will decide what action is needed in relation to these points.
All points raised and actions needed are recorded on the school council sheet, and a copy of this is given to all the school
council members, and copies are left in the staff room for staff to look at. Then once a week we read these sheets
to class and give feedback on everything we have discussed. We then ask class if they have any points that need raising in the next meeting.
In council we have a Chairperson who is in charge of the meetings. We also elected a Vice Chairperson,
who takes over when the Chairpersons is off ill. We also have a Treasurer who looks after the council’s budget,
and a Secretary who is in charge of all administration duties.
From time to time we have visitors who comes into the meeting. For example the head of the kitchen will attendance
per half term, to discuss all matters relating to school dinners. This is one way in which we can improve the dining hall.
Here are some of the ideas the school council have come up with:
- The climbing wall
- Computer register in the dining room
- The after school clubs e.g. football, basketball and cricket.
- The allotment
Why have a school council?
- Developing life skills
- Pupil councils provide a basis for active learning of important life skills, such as speaking and listening skills, teamwork, emotional literacy, problem-solving, moral reasoning skills, self-esteem and self confidence.
- Pupil council experiences provide a dynamic foundation for learning about citizenship.
- Young people and children acquire skills which help them to become resilient to negative experiences.
- School and class councils enable pupils to have a voice and to understand that their opinions count.
- Improving Behaviour
- Positive peer leadership develops and the responsibility for maintaining good behavior is shifted away from teachers and towards members of the classroom and school community.
- Pupils become able to resolve conflicts amongst their peers.
- Disruptive behaviour, vandalism, truancy and exclusions reduce.
- Reducing vulnerability and stress
- There is improved communication between pupils and teachers, senior management and governors.
- The school develops into a community where pupils and teachers work in partnership towards shared goals. School council members discussing school dinner menus with Helen (head of school kitchen).