Sherston School Council
Why Does the School Have a Pupil Council?
Sherston School Council exists to give the pupils at the school a voice in their school community. It promotes the value which school places on the ideas, thoughts and feelings of every child. Often, the issues raised have an impact on the children’s lives which may not have been apparent to the adults in the school. The solutions they propose can show lots of creativity as well as being practical!
How Do Children Join the School Council?
Elections take place in each key stage two class during September. Any child can put themselves forward as a nominee if they have not previously held the role. They are given time to think about the qualities they can bring to the role and they write these down in their own words (adults in the classroom are made available to help those who are less confident with writing). The class are then asked to vote for their representatives based on what each child has written – their names are not revealed at this stage. This removes the temptation or pressure for children to vote for a particular person and focuses instead on a child’s ability to perform the role effectively. Once elected, the class representatives serve for the academic year. If a child leaves the school or resigns, the class will hold a new election for that child’s position.
What Does the School Council Do?
School councillors take an active role in class council meetings, where all children have an opportunity to share their problems or ideas. The class teacher and school councillors decide what can be resolved within the class and what needs to be taken to a school council meeting. The school council then meet to discuss these larger issues, and decide if and how to take them further. The councillors will report back to their class on what happens in these meetings.
One of the challenges of being a school councillor is that they must listen carefully to a range of opinions and represent them in the council, even if they are very different from their own thoughts. A good councillor will make sure that every child’s contribution is accurately reflected, and not focus on those with the loudest voices or their closest friends.
The school council is also responsible for organising and presenting a special assembly at the end of the academic year to thank all of the adults who have contributed to the school community over the last twelve months.