What is Children’s School Council?
Children’s School Council is a group of children who meet each week to discuss issues within the school. There are two Children’s School Councillor from each class in Key Stage 1 and 2 and they are in office for the whole school year.
Why do we have a Children’s School Council?
- To improve the school according to the children’s point of view.
- To make sure each class has a platform to voice their opinions.
- To discuss and raise issues.
- To give those children that are interested in democracy and politics an opportunity to shine.
How do I become a Children’s School Councillor?
At the beginning of each year, children can nominate themselves. Nominees present to their class the reasons why they would make a good councillor. Each class votes for their councillor.
.We assign certain jobs to various members of the council. These jobs include Chair person, Secretary and Treasurer. Each meeting we take minutes so anybody can look at what we have been discussing. Each council member has a book to record their own ideas and also suggestions from their peers
What we do in the Meetings
Each councillor is available to their class to discuss ideas about changes and improvements to the school. The issues are then raised in the meetings and councillors discuss how to move forward with these ideas. They carry out surveys and votes within their classes so that each class’s opinion is represented. These opinions are then fed back to the council and the opinion of the majority is taken forward.
Opportunities for School Council members
We take part in a local school cluster called Pupil Parliament which is very exciting. We meet several times a year and the children all get together to talk about issues that are important to our communities. Recently we worked together to reduce plastic in our schools, even inviting members of the City Council in to talk to us.
We have taken a trip to London to visit the Houses of Parliament which was AMAZING! We are planning on doing that again soon.
We link with another school from our Pupil Parliament group and form close bonds with that group. We visit each other’s schools and share ideas of ways to make improvements.
At the moment we are learning more about the Eden Project that is hopefully coming to Morecambe, so we can keep the rest of the school informed.
Quotes from Councillors Past and Present
“School council helps the school be a better place and makes the children happy.” Year 4 councillor.
“I enjoy School Council as it gives me the chance to help the children and the school.” Year 6 Chair of School Councillor.
“I like people coming to me for help and raising the problems at the meetings.” Year 5 councillor.
“I like helping people.” Year 1 councillor.