What is a school council?
A school council is a formal group of pupils within a school who are elected by their peers to represent them and their views.
Why 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. A 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.
In addition, it is a useful way for schools to provide leadership and development opportunities for their pupils.
School councils are an excellent way in which to increase participation, teaching young people about democracy, local and global citizenship and accountability.
An effective School Council is one whose views and opinions are given weight and consideration and that acts as an agent for change in the school through participation.
Cowick School Council
Cowick School Council consists of a group of 4 pupils from Year 3 - Year 6 who are elected by their peers to represent their views on whole school and wider issues and put forward ideas from their classes. The School Council aims to meet at least half-termly, with a link teachers present (Mrs Booth). They also share ideas and decisions from School Council with the 4 classes, lead assemblies and meet with staff, governors and other interested parties. Decisions made within School Council can, and do, have a real impact on the rest of our school.
Everyone has a job on the School Council because we think it’s important that the children run it and are fully involved in it. The roles and responsibilities are:
- Chairperson:Chairs the meeting
- Vice Chairperson: Supports chairing the meeting with the chair.
- Secretary: Writes minutes in the meeting, photocopies and hands out information as agendas and minutes to all School Council children
- Treasurer: Logs any funds
In addition, each school council representative is linked to a class.
Cowick School Councillors 2019-20:
Summer, Olivia K, Arianna, Adam
The school council work from time to time with the World Saving Warriors, Junior Road Safety Officers and Church Ambassadors on wider issues.