‘Being on a School Council is a serious job. You’re one of the most important people in the school, and you can help make it a nicer place to be for pupils, teachers and other staff.’ (School Councils UK).
Our School Council meets once a fortnight to discuss key issues raised by children or adults in our school community. All classes elect two children each term to be their representatives on the council. Minutes from the meetings are passed back to the classes for discussion. The council provides a very important forum for ideas and improvement. Here are just a few examples of the work of our council:
- Create an Induction booklet for children new to Bringhurst Primary School.
- Collect and report back on ideas for improving the school to be added to our School Improvement Plan e.g. improved water and shade facilities.
- Discuss and collect ideas on how to improve playtimes – including choosing new toys and deciding on rules for using the toys, and deciding on procedures for the school buddy system.
- Collect ideas for the Summer Fair.
- Discuss and agree school sanctions and rewards.
- Discuss, collect and lead ideas for school charity events.
- Contribute to local consultations.
- Discuss the day to day issues that worry the children – parking, school meals, behaviour, clubs, uniform, trips, outings and homework!
This is just a sample of the many important tasks tackled by the School Council.
Article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child states that ‘Children have the right to say what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account’.
At Bringhurst Primary School WE AGREE!