What is a school council?
A school council is a formal group of pupils within the school who are elected by their peers to represent them and their views as well as supporting the organisation of selected whole school events.
Who are the school council members?
Our school council are children from Year 1 to 6. Children have the opportunity to apply for the position at the start of the academic year. There are two members from each class that are elected, a boy and a girl.
Why have a school council?
Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) says that children and young people should have a say in decisions that affect their lives. A school council can provide a meaningful way in which pupils can voice their opinions and have their views taken into account in decisions which impact upon them.
The purpose of our School Council is to enable all children to have a voice which is represented through the school council members. It also aims to help the school and community be a better place and to raise funds for the school and charities.
What projects has the school council been involved in?
The school council sends out questionnaires to ensure that we are actively working on carrying out the views of children. The last questionnaire showed that work was needed on ensuring that every child had a way of expressing their feelings. The school council introduced ‘worry boxes’ in each class and presented these during parents in class.
Most recently the school council has supported the mental health charity ‘Young Minds’ with raising awareness for young people’s mental health. They organised and ran the awareness day #HelloYellow.