Class and School Council at St Thomas á Becket CE (VA) Primary School
At St Thomas á Becket School we are proud to have pupil representatives that take part in Class and School Council meetings. These councils are in place so that pupils have a voice and are involved in decisions about the school that affect them. Through Class Council all pupils have the opportunity to raise issues, share ideas and take part in discussions that involve all of their classmates in reaching a democratic solution. Wider issues that arise at Class Council are discussed further at School Council, this ensures that as many pupil voices as possible are heard. Pupils at St Thomas á Becket School know that this is their school and their thoughts and ideas matter.
What is our school council for?
The school council is about:
- Learning to work together
- Learning about democracy
- Learning how to play a positive role in our community
The school council’s job is to involve everyone, not do everything. It needs to get everyone:
- Finding things they want to change
- Coming up with ways to make them better
- Putting those ideas in to action
- Seeing what works (evaluating)
How does our class council work?
- School Councillors (2 from each year group Y1 – 5 and the Head Boy/Girl) are nominated and then voted in by their class mates – they are not chosen by their teachers.
- An ‘agenda’ (either a whiteboard or laminated sheet of card) will be on the wall throughout the week with a whiteboard pen easily accessible.
- Throughout the week children can jot any issues, concerns, worries or ideas etc. that they wish to discuss at the Class Council meeting.
- At the meeting the Chair will raise the first item on the agenda and invite the person who wrote it to explain their point of view.
- The Chair then invites the rest of the class to discuss the matter and reach some sort of resolution.
- The Secretary then makes a note of what has been decided in the minutes.
- If the resolution can be reached by adjusting something in class or by speaking to a member of the leadership team, then it need not be taken to School Council.
- If the resolution is something that the class feels should be shared with School Council to allow wider discussion then a note will be made in the minutes to make this clear.
- REPEAT ABOVE FOR OTHER AGENDA ITEMS
- Class Council members should bring the minute book to School Council and raise any relevant issues for wider discussion and whole school resolution.
- In Skylark Class the teacher will chair Class Council meetings then forward ideas and issues to the School Council.
- School Council then discusses the matter using the same structure as Class Council.
- The school council members then report back to the class
What will the school council do for our class?
When you give your class representative an idea, she or he will:
- Note it down
- Take it to the next school council meeting
- Tell you what is happening to your idea within two weeks
The school council will try to make your idea happen by getting:
If they can’t they will tell you why not. If they can, they will want your class to help make your idea happen.
What will staff do for the school council?
- Make sure meetings happen when they are supposed to.
- Support pupils to run meetings.
Please meet our current School Council Members
- Year 1: Henry & Bea
- Year 2: Chloe & Lilly
- Year 3: Elsie P & Millie
- Year 4: Ruby & Theo
- Year 5: Andreja & Aoife
- Year 6: Monty & Finlay
Some examples – On the agenda a child has written ‘no pencil sharpeners or rubbers’, the chair invites that child to explain their point and they may say that they can never find one, or the sharpeners never work etc. The class will then discuss their points of view and all agree a way forward. The resolution may be that the class teacher is going to get some more for the class and they will be stored in a certain place, may be worth a monitor etc. The secretary writes this down and the next item on the agenda is discussed. This item does not need to go to School Council as it has been resolved at class level.
Next item, ‘Broken playground toys/equipment’ the chair invites the writer to explain their point and further discussion takes place as above. The resolution may be that all children in the school need to be reminded about playing appropriately with the toys, or perhaps they have a suggestion for a change to the way the toys are given out etc. This item should go to School Council for discussion because it affects all children and requires wider discussion and resolution; this is minuted and taken to School Council.