What is School Council?
The School Council is an elected group of children who meet once a fortnight to discuss issues within the school. There are two representatives from each class in year 2 to year 6.
Why do we have a School Council?
- To empower children to have a voice
- To improve the school according to the children's point of view.
- To make sure each class has a platform to voice their opinions.
- To discuss and raise issues.
- To develop a student agency
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. Our school council provides a meaningful way in which pupils can voice their opinions and have their views taken into account in decisions which impact upon them.
How do I become a Children’s School Councillor?
At the beginning of each year, children can nominate themselves. Nominees present to their class the reasons why they would make a good councillor. Each class votes for their councillor.
You can only be a councillor once from Year 2 - Year 6
What we do in the Meetings
Each councillor meets with their class to discuss ideas about changes and improvements to the school. The issues are then raised in the meetings and councillors discuss how to move forward with these ideas. They carry out surveys and votes within their classes so that each class's opinion is represented. These opinions are then fed back to the council and the opinion of the majority is taken forward.
What we’re working on – We will be having ongoing discussions in our meetings about improvements to our school such as more playground equipment and changes to the school lunch menu, we will also carry out an eco-review to see how environmentally friendly we are.
Community Support – Every year Alsager Highfields Primary school raises money for charity. This year, the school council will come up with a list of charities they would like to raise money for. We will involve the whole school by asking each class to vote for one charity they would like to see their money go to.
Christmas – In December last year, we linked with a number of our local care homes and our children wrote letters and designed Christmas cards that were hand delivered to each of the care homes. We received some lovely feedback including letters from residents. It was really important for our children to understand what an amazing difference their time, effort and thoughtfulness had made to such a lot of our local, vulnerable residents. We will be planning to repeat this wonderful project this Christmas.