Each year, the School Council members are elected by peers and they serve to represent the pupils in the school on a variety of issues, such as regeneration of a part of the playground, esafety issues and collating opinions on aspects of teaching and learning.
In 2014-15, the School Council was responsible for purchasing playground resources, collating evidence on behaviour in school which fed into whole school monitoring and discussing safeguarding including esafety.
In 2015-16 the role of the School Council developed further and included taking part in monitoring children's learning by accompanying the leadership team to look for evidence of good learning attitudes around the school. They also interviewed the Chair of Governors and headteacher as part of their work on school leadership and fed back to Governors in a Full Governing Body meeting in July 2016. They visited other schools and came back to school to share new ideas and fed back to the whole school.
School Councillors 2016-17
The School Council has been busy so far this year. It has organised a whole school story swap afternoon which was thoroughly enjoyed by all children and staff and another one has been requested by many of the children. The children have attended our piano recital, been on learning walks, been judges in our Wake 'n' Shake competitions and been involved in several meetings with senior teachers and governors to help monitor how well our school is doing and finding out what else they can do to help. Their next venture is to invite school council members from Millfields and Charford to our school so that we can continue to learn from each other as we did last year when we visited their schools.
(The School Councillors are also joined by some Eco Councillors to feedback on the Eco Council meetings).
Quotes from school councillors 2015-16:
It is important that I remember to do my jobs or else I won't have anything to say at the meetings. (Year 3 child)
We decided that puppets would be a good use of the money that we raised and now the children play with them all of the time. (Year 2 child)
I have enjoyed being secretary, but it is hard work as I have so much to remember. (Year 4 child)