What is a school council?
"A school council is group of students who are elected to represent the views of all pupils and to improve their school.
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."
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Our councillors say .........
"I have never got to be a councillor before and I want to tell people my ideas. I like talking with the people from other classes too" - Joe
"At school council meetings we listen to each other" - Jordan
"We can help make school better for everyone" Danyal
We have asked Mrs Pearson if we can have some money to buy more go Karts and stuff for outside, we might get it I think. It was a good letter" - Lucas
"I like the school council and I have learnt lots about investors in pupils and other stuff" - Barney
Beechcliffe Student council
At Beechcliffe School we have a school councillor in every class. Each year the classes vote on who they would like from their class to represent them on the school council.
We have a dedicated adult who arranges the meetings and supports the pupils and encourages them to think of others within the school as well as themselves - this is a big step for many of our pupils.
The school council are working toward making a real impact upon school life and ensuring that their voices are heard.
They have recently had a priority focusing meeting when they selected two items they would like to work upon which could have a positive outcome for other pupils in the school.
The first being outdoor equipment for some pupils to use during break and lunchtimes. They have already sent letters to the Headteacher and the school fundraising charity (FAB) to attempt to secure funding for equipment. They invited the chair of the FAB committee to one of their meeting also.
If they are successful in their attempt to get funding they then intend to cost out and budget three separate proposals as to which equipment to buy. They will deliver these proposals to each class and then organise a school "voting day".
The second area our councillors are currently working upon is our Investors in Pupils status. This will need re-assessing next year and evidence collected to support our application. The councillors met with the IIP lead and found out more information and decided they would support this by collecting evidence and explaining what it means to other pupils.
Our councillors say .........
"Student council is a place to bring items up" - Christopher
"I can get my ideas across and help to make school a better place for everyone" - Tyler
" It gives us a place to express our feelings and lets us speak freely" - Melissa
" The meetings are important" - Eve