School Council

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