School Council‘Every child has a Voice’. Each year voting takes place in every classroom, for the children who have campaigned to be elected to the School Council.
What, why, how, when?
- A class council feeds directly into the school council
- The class council should be held fortnightly
- On alternate weeks to the school council which is also held fortnightly
What are class councils?
- An inclusive, structured forum for discussion and decision-making
- A means for children to raise issues and concerns
- A means for the school council to consult all pupils
Why have class councils?
- To help children develop responsible attitudes and better behaviour
- To give children hands-on experience of the issues in the national curriculum, including PSHE and citizenship, literacy and RE
- To create a feeling of belonging, encourage listening to others and develop self-confidence
- To improve pupil/teacher relationships
How do class councils work?
- Pupils lead the meetings
- The class agrees on the layout of the room
- Conventional committee procedures are used
- Class representatives take issues to the school council
When do class councils take place?
- Every fortnight, for about 20 minutes in class time
The role of teachers in pupil council
- The class teacher has a vital – but not time consuming role to play in providing effective support to pupil councils
Class council meetings
The children need a regular time for class council discussion – preferably about twenty minutes every fortnight. This is when they talk about issues that concern pupils in their class and attempt to deal with them, as well as identifying issues for their class representatives to take to school council meetings.
At first, class teachers will need to help pupils to organise class discussions. The class teacher’s role is to encourage and support – occasionally even to participate in – the discussions, but not to lead them.