School Council

What does a School Council do?
A school council does a number of things:
The school council meets - usually with a teacher present - to discuss and sort out problems.
These may include school lunches, behaviour or ideas for fundraising events.

What is a School Council?
Members of the school council will be responsible for carrying out the ideas that have been agreed, such as planning events, writing newsletters, or meeting with various staff.

What jobs are there?
Each year, every class (excluding Reception) will elect 1 representative per year group to be a members of the school council.
The council will then meet to elect officers such as:

  • Chair
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

What makes a good School Councillor?
A good school councillor is one that represents the views of all students and gets things done. Many schools have councils, but they are not all successful. These are some things that make a council effective:

  • Regular meetings
  • A council that is not too big
  • Regular feedback from the council
  • Good communication between representatives and their class
  • Training for school council members
  • Smaller groups (subcommittees) working on specific events or issues
  • A bank account or budget (however small)

Do School Councils get anything done?
Many school councils just talk.
Good school councils do get things done and examples include councils who:

  • Successfully campaigned to the local council and got their toilets sorted out
  • Re-designed the school cafeteria and lunch menu
  • Reduced bullying by introducing a telephone helpline for victims
  • Designed a new homework diary and sold over a thousand copies
  • Changed the school uniform from blazer and tie to comfortable sweatshirts

Last year, children on our School Council, felt that unhealthy snacks were coming into school too regularly, so wrote to Mr Stevenson to ask if they could offer a 'sweet treat' to be sold and purchased on Friday break times, on the condition that healthy snacks were brought to school on other days.

This was agreed and 'fun-fetti Friday' was launched - much to the delight of all the children!

Some of our exceptionally talented School Council representatives designed and sold comics each week, which was also very successful and all of the proceeds were donated to the RSPCA.

The School Council representatives talked regularly to the children about what they would like to do to raise money for new play equipment and went on to organise a cinema trip to see a Christmas film, a sponsored woodland ramble, and they helped to organise and run a variety of fun events at our annual Summer Fayre.

Do you get out of lessons?
Our School Council meets every other Friday, during assembly.

What is the history of School Councils?
School Councils have been around for around 40 years, but now with citizenship being taught, it is more common to have a School Council in place.
The government says that school councils are important but they aren't forcing schools to have one.

In some countries there are laws which state all secondary schools must have councils. These include:

  • Ireland
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • Sweden