Our school council is a formal group of pupils within our school who have been elected by their peers to represent them and their views.
Why do we have a school council?
There are lots of reasons.
Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) says that children and young people should have a say in decisions that affect their lives. Our school council can provide a meaningful way in which pupils can voice their opinions and have their views taken into account in decisions which impact upon them.
It is an important and useful way for our school to provide leadership and development opportunities for our pupils.
Within the school curriculum, one of the key areas is active participation. The curriculum requires that young people are provided with opportunities to participate in school and society. Our school council is an excellent way in which to increase participation, teaching our young people about democracy, local and global citizenship and accountability.
Our school council aims:
- To meet regularly to discuss their views and be heard
- To organise charity days
- To make sure our school is a happy and safe place for all of our children
- To make sure children have a place to voice their concerns, opinions, and thoughts
- To encourage all children in school to suggest ideas and improvements
- To ensure any suggestions or concerns are listened to and acted upon.