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. Our school council provides a meaningful way in which pupils can voice their opinions and have their views taken into account in decisions which impact upon them.
At the start of the year, all children can nominate themselves as a candidate for their class representative in the council. If they nominate themselves, they must be able to explain why they would like the position, how they would be an effective representative and what they would like to achieve for the school. These are presented in a range of ways across the school including speeches, posters and campaign videos.
Once all candidates have campaigned for the position, children in each class can vote for one girl and one boy to represent their class. Once the votes have been counted, the new representatives are announced.
In the first school council meeting, each representative is given a focussed role and the structure of the year is explained.
Every two weeks, each class in school holds a class council meeting which is led by the elected class councillors and their teacher. The classes take it in turns to identify a topic for the whole school to discuss in the following meeting so that every child in school has an input in to what our school focus is. After each meeting, the class councillors record a video summarising the outcomes of their discussions. These videos are collated together and shared with all children, staff and parents. The school council will meet together with Mr Cicinski or Mr Wright if any actions arise from these class council meetings.
The School Council also helps organise a range of events during these terms to raise money or awareness for a particular cause they, or the school, have selected.
Throughout the year, there are often individual issues or school improvement opportunities that arise and we regularly use our school council, or a task force from the council, to meet and help inform our decisions.
Every member of the council wears a badge so that they can be easily identified by their peers if there is a question they would like to ask, an idea they would like to offer or an issue which they would like to raise.