Our School Council is made up of two children from every class from Year 1 to Year 6. Children are voted to the position of School Councillor by their peers, following an intense week of canvasing and making speeches. Our School Council has a strong voice and plays a key role in the decision making processes within our school. It is one of the ways in which we promote British values.
The Pastoral Care Team leads regular School Council meetings to discuss topics and issues within our school and our wider community. School Councillors then meet with children in their class to gather the thoughts and feelings of their peers, and share and collect ideas to feed back in School Council Meetings. This system ensures that Pupil Voice is listened to and acted upon when decisions are made about school life.
School Council also takes part in workshops and projects with children and staff from other schools, as part of the Maamulaha network. They then share the information and learning within our school through assemblies, posters and newsletters.
Projects have included: leading assemblies on improving air quality in our community; the importance of e-safety and embracing our social responsibility through charity. Our School Council has also visited Islington Town Hall where they made a presentation to Islington Councillors and school councils from other schools in our network.
Seven Key Characteristics
Together we agreed the following characteristics of an effective school council:-
- Able to share good ideas
- Able to work in a team
- Be committed
- Be a good listener
- Be a good role model
- Be respectful
- Determined to make my school a better place
The experience of being in School Council has helped me gain confidence in speaking in public.Leela
This experience will help me to have a brighter future because of the speeches we hear are so inspiring.Abigail
The trips we go on with the School Council help me to aspire to do more amazing things for our school.Abbie
Doing things like this helps me to be less shy and better at speaking.Tara