We believe the school council plays an important role in providing opportunities for our pupils to become partners in their own education and make positive contributions to the school environment and ethos. We aim to accomplish this by allowing children to have a ‘voice’, hearing and valuing their opinions and ideas. This helps to develop pupils’ recognition of themselves as worthwhile individuals with a right to be heard.
We believe that feeling valued helps to develop and promote self-confidence, social skills, responsible behaviour towards each other and towards teachers and adult members of staff.
We use the school council as a vehicle to help develop pupil knowledge, skills and understanding of how to contribute to society as a whole and what it means to be an active citizen. Indeed, we are active fund raisers for local, national and international causes.
The School Council Representatives
At the start of the school year each year group choose their school council representatives. The role of the school council representative is to represent their year group members at school council meetings.
The Pupil Voice Box/Suggestion Box
In each class / year group there is a pupil voice box/ suggestion box where suggestions for improvement within the school can be placed. These are then discussed, often at length, at our School Council meetings. Sometimes we feel able to make sensible decisions right there and then, and our reps will feedback to their respective classes/ year groups.
The pupil voice box / suggestion box has proved to be a very powerful tool and one that is used with great enthusiasm.
Our School Council helps us all to work together towards a common goal. We are learning how to become more responsible and how to play a positive role in our local and wider community.