The School Council was established so that the pupils at our school could be represented and have a ‘voice’. From Year 1, two members of each class are elected by their peers to become School Councillors. It is a great honour to be on the School Council as these pupils represent their class during council meetings. School councillors wear a badge so that all the other children know who they are. Councillors want to be on the council for different reasons but mainly because they believe that they can make a difference. They care about our school and want to make it a better place and through this role they develop confidence and skills such as communication and negotiation. The council are realistic about the changes they can make so never ask for a swimming pool or a two hour lunch break but they have made improvements including lunchtime activities, redesigning the playground and having the toilets decorated. When important visitors come to school the council members are chosen to represent the rest of the school.
The School Council have defined roles as follows:
- draw up an agenda which all members can add to upto two days before a meeting
- take views of other Council members
- give their views about matters being considered
- take the Chairperson’s place if not available
- assist the Chairperson
- record the minutes of the meeting
- write letters/communicate with others
The Council agreed that these positions should be open to year 6 pupils only.
What is the School Council?
- An inclusive, structured, forum for discussion and decision-making
- A means for children to raise issues and concerns
- A means to consult all pupils
Why have a School Council?
- To help children develop responsible attitudes
- To improve behaviour
- To give children experience of issues in the National Curriculum, including PSHCE
- To create a feeling of belonging, encourage listening to others and develop self-confidence
- To improve pupil/teacher relationships
How does the School Council work?
- The Chair leads the meetings
- Class representatives bring issues to the School Council
How can I raise an issue?
- Tell your class representative and your point will be raised at the next meeting or put your suggestions in the class based suggestion box.
How do I find out what happened?
- Class representatives will feed back to their class as soon as possible the following week.
What have the council done this year?
- Since September 2015 the school council have attended weekly meetings, presented an Anti Bullying assembly to launch Anti Bullying week and spent an afternoon making a traditional afternoon tea (17.11.15) which they presented to the Governors before joining them to discuss their respective roles in school over sandwiches, scones and cakes! They asked the Governors some very challenging, insightful questions including ‘What have you done since September?’ ‘How do you know that you are having an influence at school?’ – fantastic! This is what the Governors said after the event:
Dear School Council Representatives,
I am writing to thank you very much for inviting your school’s governors to afternoon tea today. It was such a lovely surprise! You had all obviously worked so hard to prepare for our visit. You took such care to bake all those delicious scones and cakes and make the tasty sandwich selection. As you could see ‘the proof of the pudding was in the eating’ because there was very little food left! We didn’t leave school until 7pm after our governors’ meeting so your splendid afternoon tea helped to keep us going.
Talking with you was such a pleasure too. Your questions to us were very thoughtful-well done! Your answers to our questions were so informative and helped us to learn about your important roles and responsibilities around school. Your excellent example, shown particularly by your kindness and understanding, will be so helpful to the rest of the children in your school. You also looked very smart in your school clothes!
Thank-you for such an enjoyable afternoon tea meeting! WELL DONE!
Mrs Yates (Co-opted and Literacy Link governor)
On behalf of all the Governors, please can you pass on our huge thanks to the children and staff involved in putting together the afternoon tea.
The sandwiches/cakes were fantastic and all the governors were extremely impressed with the insightful questions the children asked us. The children represented the school fantastically well and are a great credit to themselves – they made us feel very proud to be involved with CHPS.