The school council is a great opportunity for pupils to get more involved in the way their school is run.
The council is typically made up of a boy and girl from each KS2 class (Year 3 – Year 6). These children are elected by their fellow pupils and staff to represent their classmates. The members select a chair, vice-chair, secretary and treasurer.
Members of the council take part in small pupil led projects, for example the young enterprise group last year, designed, costed and sold Father’s Day merchandise. It is the responsibility of each Councillor to ensure that they express both their own views and the views of their fellow classmates.
The school councillors had a jam packed 2017-2018. The school council started the year with debating and discussion issues that affect their life in school. This allowed the school councillors to develop their confidence and started enhancing their sentence structures. The older children were paired with the younger children so they share their expertise and knowledge with them.
The school councillors looked at changing the school menu. This was a direct result of children approaching the school councillors and requesting an improvement to the school menu. The school councillors worked closely with the catering manager to look at way to add additional item to the menu. The school councillors quickly learnt that this was not a easy task as the school menu had to be balanced and couldn’t contain too many item that were fried, had sugar to too much salt.
They have taken part in a variety of activities:
– School menu consultation
– Penny appeal fund raising
– Requesting additional library book
– Instigated a change in PE
– Debating various issues
– Learning walks
– New visitor training
– Playground equipment survey
In 2018-2019 the school councillors have decided to develop a Manningham environmental project. They will be working closely with the Manningham ward officer.
Some of the ideas are: