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School Council

What is a school council?
A school council is a group of students who are elected to represent the views of all pupils and to improve their school.

"School Council" means all kinds of school-based groups run by students, including student forums and youth parliaments.

At Sexton's Manor, elections for school council representatives takes place in the Autumn Term and the elected children remain on the School Council for the whole academic year.

What does it do?
A school council does a number of things:

  • The school council meets - usually with a teacher present - to discuss and sort out problems. These may include school lunches, behaviour or ideas for fundraising events.
  • Members of the school council will be responsible for carrying out the ideas that have been agreed, such as planning discos, writing newspaper articles, or meeting with catering staff.

At Sexton's Manor, the whole school council (or subcommittees) meet two or three times every half term.  Most meetings are planned, but sometimes they are impromptu depending on what the children would like to discuss. Mrs Talbot (LSA) supports the class representatives to write the meeting agenda, discuss and carry out actions, and write the minutes. Mrs Knight (headteacher) attends the meetings regularly.

What jobs are there?
Each year, every class will normally elect 2 representatives to be members of the school council.

The council will then meet to elect representatives such as:

  • Chair
  • Vice-Chair
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

At Sexton's Manor, four year 4 children are elected for the above posts.  Every other class has two representatives including children from the nursery, and one from Riverwalk Special School.

What makes a good one?
A good school council is one that represents the views of all students and gets things done.

Many schools have councils, but they are not all successful. These are some things that make a council effective:

  • Regular meetings
  • A council that is not too big
  • Class/Form councils that meet regularly
  • Good communication between representatives and their class
  • Training for school council members
  • Smaller groups (subcommittees) working on specific events or issues
  • A bank account or budget (however small)
  • Annual evaluations

Do they get anything done?
Many school councils just talk.

Good school councils do get things done.  For example at Sexton’s Manor School we have an effective school council who :

  • make links with Kigali Children's Village in Rwanda
  • discuss ideas and issues that children write down and place in their classroom suggestion boxes, e.g new playground equipment or lunchtime arrangements.
  • make suggestions and carry out ideas to support local charities, such as the local Foodbank
  • write to local businesses and MP's.
  • share the minutes of the meetings by feeding back to their classes and their teachers
  • speak in assemblies
  • request further meetings with Mrs Knight (headteacher) as they feel is necessary.