The school council is a group of learners who have been elected by their peers to serve as representatives and advocate for their interests. They play a crucial role in decision-making processes, contributing to the effective functioning of the school and undertaking projects that enhance learners’ learning and development.
The School Council aims to ensure that learners have a voice within the school community. They achieve this by engaging in various activities, such as:
- Sharing positive news
- Addressing problems
- Generating ideas
- Collecting information
The selection process for school council representatives occurs annually, with members chosen either by their class teacher or by their peers. This ensures a fair and democratic representation of each class in the council’s meetings.
During their meetings, the School Council discusses various topics, including progress on ongoing projects, feedback from peers, and setting new targets for future. Every representative is given the opportunity to share information gathered from their classes, fostering a sense of inclusivity and collective decision-making. The school council notice board provides a centralised location for displaying information about council representatives and current projects.
The council also utilises feedback from their peers, such as through pupil surveys, to inform their own School Development Plan and provide valuable insights to senior leaders. This feedback loop helps align student perspectives with the overall strategic direction of the school.
Being a part of the school council offers numerous benefits for the students who represent their classes. It provides opportunities for personal growth and skill development, including:
- Communication skills
- Collaboration and teamwork
- Problem-solving and negotiation skills
- Increased self-confidence and self-esteem
The School Council Coordinator facilitates regular meetings, typically scheduled every half term, to ensure smooth coordination and support for the council’s activities