Woodland’s school council
At Woodlands, the elections for school council members are held every September and they will hold office for the year.
This is a really exciting opportunity for the children to have a voice in the school and bring about positive change. Each class in the school has one representative that attends the meetings- these meetings give the children a sense of ownership over practice in the school as well as a sense of responsibility towards our school, our community and the environment.
The school council gives the children experience of -
- Planning, organising and monitoring small projects within the school, feeding back progress to class members and SLT
- Speaking and listening skills both within meetings and also within the class setting
- Improving a range of skills such as: debating skill, mediation and negotiating skills
- Basic budgeting and managing money
- Problem solving
Our School Council aims to prepare our pupils for citizenship by teaching them about roles, rights and responsibilities within the school system
The Role of a School Council Member-
- Attending meetings following an agenda and have a chance to be the Chair and Vice Chair
- Gathering ideas from their class on how we can improve our school
- Debate the ideas and decide as a council which projects they will work on & discuss the funds needed
- Create a proposal to go to SLT on these projects and present this to a senior leader
- Report back to SLT the impact of their proposal
- Updating and informing their class about news and events
- Work with adults in the school to organise fund raising events
How are our School Council Members Elected?
- Pupils learn about British democracy and democratic principles
- Pupils nominate classmates who would like to be considered for school council
- Nominated children put together a manifesto and present ideas to the rest of the class
- Each class votes to elect their school council representatives