Pensilva School Council ‘Every child has a Voice’
Our school council involves every child and adult in the school. We give each member of the council training and opportunity to effect change in a democratic way on issues that matter to them. In so doing they use and develop the skills, knowledge and understanding of everyone in the school, not just a select few. Each year voting takes place in every classroom, for the children to elect the School Council from the candidates.
What is a school council?
A school council consists of elected representatives of all pupils who have a wish to improve their school.
What does it do?
A school Council meets (with Mrs Clinick present) to discuss and sort out problems and ideas. These may include school lunches, behaviour, environment, resources, business plans or ideas for fundraising events. Members of the School Council will be responsible for carrying out ideas that they have agreed, such as planning charity events, school workshops, meeting with Governors, MAT school council members or other communities putting forward views of other children in the school.
What jobs are there?
Each year, every class elects two representatives to be members of the school council. The council will then meet to elect officers;
What makes a good School Council?
A good school council is one that represents the views of the children and gets things done. We are effective because we;- hold regular meetings, have good communication between councillors and their class, all staff. Governors and parents and work on specific events or issues.
What is the school council history?
School councils have been around for about 40 years, but now with PSHE taught in class, there are many more around. The school council plays a very important role in school life. They attend regular meetings and discuss important issues, which may affect the pupils, staff and parents of the school and the surrounding community.
When necessary, the chairperson and secretary often put forward a motion to the other councillors to invite visitors to the meetings to discuss particular projects. The elected council secretary records minutes.
Who are the school council members?
What are we doing?
We run a cake sales alongside the other activities. We raise money for charities, such as Children in Need, Red Nose Day, as well as for the school.
What have we done previously?
We have helped organise Children in Need across the school.
We have helped organise Red Nose Day in the school.
We have completed the Gold PADL (Proclaiming Active Democracy Loudly) award and we are currently working on the Platinum Award.
We have met with other schools in the MAT and decided on charities to support and how to raise money for it.
We have held an art show.
We have run cake sales to raise money for the school council to spend on the playgrounds and other resources.
We have run a poster competition, in conjunction with the chair of governors, about safety at the school entrance.