What is a school council?
A school council is group of children who are elected by the children in the school, to represent the views of all pupils and to improve our school.
What jobs are there in a school council?
Each year, every class will normally elect 2 representatives to be members of the school council.
The council will then meet to elect officers such as:
The school council meet fortnightly and this year their main focus is on teaching and learning.
What makes a good School Council?
A good school council is one that represents the views of all the children and gets things done.
These are some things that make a council effective:
- Regular meetings.
- A council that is not too big.
- Class/Form councils that meet regularly.
- Good communication between representatives and their class.
- Training for school council members.
- Smaller groups (subcommittees) working on specific events or issues.
- A bank account or budget.
- Annual evaluations.
What is their history?
School Councils have been around for approximately 40 years, but now with citizenship being taught, they can be found in more schools.
The government says that school councils are important but they aren't forcing schools to have one.
In some countries there are laws which state all secondary schools must have councils. These include: Ireland Germany Spain and Sweden.