Our school council listens to all pupils to help them make our school a happy, healthy, safe, green and fun learning environment. The council is fair, democratic and friendly, working together to make sure everyone in school feels part of our community. We view it as a partnership of pupils and adults sharing ideas, finding solutions and taking action to make our school excellent. At Unsworth each class in Key Stage 2 has council members who meet together with the other class councillors and Mrs Crowe to talk about their ideas and solve problems that affect the whole school.
How is the council put together?
At the start of each new academic year new council members are chosen. Any child can put themselves forward to be part of the school council and on doing so, records their thoughts on why they would like to join. Each class vote for the boy and girl they would like to represent them at the council meetings. Meetings are held each month and follow an agenda developed by the children with Mrs Chappell. After the meeting the representatives feedback to their own class and visit Key Stage 1 and Reception to discuss any actions to be taken forward.
How is the whole school involved?
The school council follow 3 main principles to ensure everyone is involved:
- Listening-They find out from people what it is they want the school council to do.
- Feeding back-They decide which of these are the most important, but also tell everyone why some ideas will happen and other ideas will not.
- Doing-They get teams together to do all the things they have decided to act upon.
The key is communication and this is achieved through meetings, discussions in class, a dedicated school council display board and the school council blog on our website.
Overall, as a school we aim to take account of Article 12 of the UN Convention on the rights of the child, which says:
“When adults are making decisions that affect children, children have the right to say what they think should happen and have their opinions taken into account.”
Have a look at the gallery below to meet some of our council members and soon you can read their thoughts on why they wanted to be a part of the school council.