School Council Policy
The aim of Meadow High’s School Council is to give pupils the opportunity to express their views about school life in a forum where they will be listened to and action will be taken where appropriate. The School Council will also have the opportunity in participating in improving the school community.
- To give the pupil the opportunity to be involved in improving school life for everyone.
- For pupils to work collectively with staff, to develop a caring school environment.
- To involve pupils in organising special events and fundraising activities.
- To build pupil’s confidence and self esteem.
- To add an important dimension to the review of behaviour management and associated policy and practice.
The School Council will help the pupils to:
- enjoy and feel empowered by their education;
- feel that their school responds to their needs;
- have the opportunity to let adults know their feelings and opinions about things that affect them;
- have a say about decisions, and to play an active role in making their school a better place;
- develop active life skills through participating.
The role of the School Council Link teacher
The school council link teacher has a key role to play in developing the effectiveness of the school council and in promoting pupil participation more widely.
The link teacher must have
- the respect of the pupils, teachers and non-teaching staff
- visible support from the senior leadership team.
The link teacher must be:
- committed to the principles of pupil participation
- able to give time to support the school council and promote its activities
- willing to listen to and be prepared to share responsibility with pupils.
The link teacher might be responsible for:
- organising elections
- training class/year group representatives
- arranging and attending meetings
- helping pupils to prepare agendas and minutes
- offering support and guidance
- reporting back to colleagues
- informing governors and parents/carers
- helping to raise the profile of the school council
- monitoring and evaluating the progress made
However, it is not the responsibility of the School Council link teacher to implement school council proposals. This is a shared, whole –school responsibility.
The Class Teacher/Form Tutor
The form tutor has an important but not time-consuming role.
The form tutor should support the class by:
- providing support for pupils when electing their class representatives
- allowing regular time for class discussions
- encouraging and supporting discussions so that they reflect the views of all pupils
- providing alternative ways to collect the views of pupils
The form tutor should support the class representatives by:
- encouraging them to attend School Council meetings
- preparing them for School Council meetings by holding class discussions to identify issues of concern for the class
- allowing time for them to report back to the class after meetings
- provide opportunities to display agenda, minutes etc. in the class/ form room.
The School Council Link Governor
Communication between the governing Body and the School Council can be improved by appointing a school council link governor.
The school council link governor might be responsible for:
- raising awareness of pupil participation with the governing body
- attending school council meetings
- liaising with the school council link teacher
- reporting governing body decisions to the school council
- working with senior leaders to promote a whole school approach to pupil participation
- communicating with parents/carers and other community partners to gain support