All Saints School Council is a proactive group of children elected by their fellow pupils to represent their opinions and think about new ideas to make sure our school stays happy, safe and exciting. The school council takes forward projects on behalf of the children from all classes, and is involved in planning and things like the School Development Plan, governing body meetings and interviewing staff.
To be effective, our school council does the following:
- Represents all pupils and includes as many people as possible
- Takes time to listen to all children and communicate their views
- Feeds back to children about what happened about their views
- Makes things happen – or explains why they can’t!
Our School Council consists of 8 members. 2 from Y3, 2 from Y4, 2 from Y5 and 2 from Y6. The council meets regularly to review actions and plan ahead.
THE SELECTION PROCESS
The representatives are elected through a democratic process whereby, they have to write an application form expressing their desire to do the job and also highlight any ideas they have that would enhance the school and the school community. They have to present themselves to their class and the rest of the children have to decide who they felt would do the best job.
Two children from each class in KS2 are elected and they then have the opportunity to raise issues, share ideas and take part in discussions that involve all of their classmates in reaching a democratic solution.
WHO ARE THEY?
Eight children are elected and they are presented to the rest of the school, along with them receiving their official School Council badges.
WHAT WILL THEY BE INVOLVED IN?
Wider issues that arise are discussed further at School Council, this ensures that as many pupil voices as possible are heard. Pupils at All Saints know that this is their school and their thoughts and ideas matter.
- Class council officials are nominated and then voted in by their class mates – they are not be chosen by their teachers.
- They will be involved in effecting change across school.
- The Chair will lead the meetings with a teacher assisting with the process.
- An ‘agenda’ will be presented in advance of meetings to ensure that all representatives are aware of what they will be discussing.
- Children will jot any issues, concerns, worries or ideas etc. that they wish to discuss at the class council meeting.
- At the meeting the Chair will raise the first item on the agenda and invite the person who wrote it to explain their point of view.
- The Chair will invites the rest of the class to discuss the matter and reach some sort of resolution.
- The Secretary then makes a note of what has been decided in the minutes.