What is the School Council?
Our children’s School Council is a group of children who have been democratically elected by their peers based on their election campaign and manifesto. There is one School Councillor for each year group from year one to year six. The School Councillors have a lot of responsibility and are the pupil leaders of the school. The school councillors meet every Friday with Mr Choudhury (School Council Leader) to discuss issues within and beyond the school and how they can contribute to make a positive impact.
How School Councillors are elected
Potential candidates run an election campaign, their peers head to the polls and cast their votes in the ballot box. The votes are counted by an independent auditor who tallies the votes. The candidate with the highest number of votes is elected.
How our School Councillors have an impact in the school.
The School Councillors have a sense of ownership over policy and practice within the school. The Councillors have consensus over school issues such as behaviour and being environmentally friendly. This gives them a responsibility towards the school community and environment.
Who are the School Councillors?
Once the School Councillors are elected, their pictures are displayed within the school to help their peers recognise who is representing them.
Other children write suggestions on paper, which are given to their class councillors. The councillor will bring the suggestions to the weekly meeting. The suggestions will be discussed and addressed by the School Councillors.
What do School Councillors do in meetings?
The meetings allow the children to have a voice for what affects them in school and the wider community. Through the School Council meetings, the children are able to come together and share ideas to enable them to find effective solutions to issues raised by their peers. The meetings are held once a week (Wednesday)
Giving Feedback to Pupils
Following the School Council Meeting, School Council Members speak to their class to let them know what is going on and tell the class about the issues being discussed and what is happening next. This will encourage more children to contribute to further meetings, share worries and let members know the things that could be done to improve the school.
Last Year’s Achievement.
Last year the School Councillors made many positive contributions in and beyond the school. For example, the School Councillors raised over £1,700 for Children in Need. The money raised was split between the ELHAP Charity and Children in Need. The hard work was recognised by the Mayor or Redbridge, who came to our School and met with the Councillors to show her appreciation.