All children in Years 1-6 have the opportunity to nominate themselves for School Council.
Each term two Councillors in each year group will be selected to represent their peers.
Meetings take place once a week, lead by Mrs Mason-Cook.
Benefits of a School Council
There are lots of reasons to have a school council.
To begin with, 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 that impact upon them.
Evidence and experience from schools all over the country shows that a school council that is supported and nurtured helps to improve many aspects of school life.
It’s an important and useful way for schools to provide leadership and development opportunities for their pupils.
Student councils are a great way for students to take on leadership roles, promote the voice of the student body, problem solve and impact their community. A council serves as the voice for an entire student body and actively works with teachers and advisors to promote a better learning environment.
Within the school curriculum, one of the key areas making up the ‘Learning for Life and Work’ theme is active participation. The curriculum requires that young people are provided with opportunities to participate in school and society. School councils are an excellent way in which to increase participation, teaching young people about democracy, local and global citizenship and accountability.