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School Council

The purpose of having a school council is to give our pupils a voice. It enables & encourages them to communicate ways to improve our School.

Membership and Elections
Every pupil, once fully informed of the role and responsibilities, is encouraged to stand for election stating their reasons before the class. The pupils in KS2 needs to be proposed and seconded.

Then the classes vote for the person who they feel would get the job done the best by writing down the name of the person they decide on. Elected members will be announced in assembly and names will be confirmed on the school website for whole school recognition.

Current School Council Members
All members of the school council have a duty to report back any information they discuss to their classes. They must also make sure they represent the views of every child in their own classes by sharing them at school council. They can record this information in their school council book.

Roles of the School Council Members
All members of the school council have a duty to report back any information they discuss to their classes. They must also make sure they represent the views of every child in their own classes by sharing them at school council. They can record this information in their school council book.

Chairperson: The Chairperson runs the meetings. First, they read through the last meeting’s minutes to check they are a true reflection of what happened; if all members agree, the minutes are signed. The chair then forms and shares the meeting’s agenda with the school council and works through this.

Vice Chair Person: The Vice Chairperson needs to be prepared to lead the meeting if the Chair is absent. They also support the Chairperson in their role, when required. When the minutes have been signed, the Vice Chair takes them to the office to be filed.

Secretary: The secretary takes notes (minutes) in all meetings and ensures there are enough copies to be looked at for the next meeting. It is also their job to do the register.

Treasurer: The treasurer records any money raised, donated or spent for the school council.

Fundraising Officer:  The fundraising officer is responsible for taking the lead on any event which involve raising money.  They will work closely with the treasurer.

Committee members: These members listen to the Chairperson and contribute their own and the ideas of their class and vote for any ideas put forward.

Meetings
School council meetings are held regularly. For the meeting to go ahead there must be at least 8 council members present. Decisions will be made using a hands up or blind voting system. If a decision can’t be reached, it will be the link teacher who will cast the deciding vote. Ideas and questions are put to classes/the whole school before they are voted on in school council.

School Council Code of Conduct
As agreed by the School Council:

  1. Take care of each other e.g. older members can support the younger members
  2. We don’t leave anybody out.
  3. Always put your hand up.
  4. We always support the majority decision.
  5. Wait to be asked to speak – one person at a time.
  6. Always listen to the person speaking.
  7. Always give your class an update.
  8. Try our best to make the school better
  9. Always attend school council meetings unless we are not at school
  10. We must always report back to our classes and share their views (not just our own)