As a school we value the thoughts, ideas and opinions of all our children. The School Council ensures that pupils are fully represented within the school and that their opinions are heard and taken seriously.
It is made up of pupils who are elected to become councillors by the rest of the pupil population within our school community.
The Election Process
To begin with, each class will have a discussion about what a school council does and why it is helpful to a school. The children learn about democratic elections at their level and discuss what would make a good representative. Next, the children nominate themselves or each other for the role giving reasons for why they would be a suitable candidate.
After an election campaign, we carry out a secret vote in order to select two school councillors per class.
Representatives are elected by their classes at the start of each school year. Every class elects two members to represent them.
Councillors regularly meet together and discuss matters that are important to the pupils in their classes.
The School Councillor’s Role
The role of a school councillor is an important one. He or she should always try to be kind, considerate, happy and proud to be a councillor. They should be able to listen carefully to their classmates and fellow councillors and discuss ideas carefully and sensibly. They are a champion for fellow pupils in making their voices heard.
Councillors are responsible for the ongoing process of collecting the general thoughts and ideas of the children in their class and reporting back to the monthly meetings. They bring ideas forward for how improvements can be made within our school and local community which are discussed, acted upon, and implemented where possible.
Sometimes councillors attend the meetings with ideas for fundraising for the school, and for local, National and International charities.
The School Council is used effectively as a means of identifying what the children’s opinions are on a variety of different aspects of school life.
The Humberston Church of England Primary School Council has a very active and proactive role to play.
Our School Council makes a real difference!