Who are the School Council?
The school council is made up of a group of children who have been elected by their classmates to represent them.
The 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.
What is The Smart School Council System?
The Smart School Council system has been recently introduced. This is an online system that enables each child regardless of age or ability the opportunity to have a ‘Voice’.
Some of the older children have been paired up with younger class groups to help lead and support with these sessions. Each week there is a new question to be discussed; this is usually linked around events happening in school at that time e.g. Firework safety or linked to our STAR reward theme for the term. The children work in smaller groups within the class setting to discuss their responses to these questions, they then feedback to the rest of the class and give their vote on the answer. The questions and responses to choose from when voting are displayed in both words and pictures enabling all of the children the opportunity to participate. The results from the previous week’s discussions will be displayed on the board at the start of each meeting; this ensures the children are aware of the winning/correct responses from other classes. Any actions necessary from these meetings will also be logged on the system and they are raised at the termly school council meetings and discussed further.
So far an example of some of the ideas children have discussed using this platform are ideas for fundraising events and to discuss ‘What harvest means’.
What are the Roles and responsibilities of the School Council?
- To express both their own views and those of other children.
- To communicate their feelings to adults.
- To attend regular meetings.
- To help make positive changes.
The School Council also have a list of weekly responsibilities:
- Replenishing all class “Star Reward Token” supplies
- Collecting reward certificates
- Ringing the bell to signal the end of playtime
- To put up club posters
How often do the school council meet?
The school council members meet every term.