A school council is a group of pupils elected by their fellow pupils to represent their opinions and raise issues with their headteacher and school leaders in the school.
The school council can also take forward projects on behalf of the pupils, and be involved in planning and things like the School Development Plan, fundraising events, governing body meetings and interviewing staff. Whole school council sessions also take place regularly, where classes have formal meetings, follow agendas and minute discussions and actions. These meetings are used to discuss current affairs which may affect their lives in school and wider.
An effective school council at Duncombe will:
- Represent all pupils and include as many people as possible;
- Develop pupils’ understanding of democracy;
- Take time to listen to all pupils and communicate their views;
- Feedback to pupils about what happened about their views;
- Make things happen – or explain why they can’t!