Here at Stoke Lodge Primary School we are proud of our school council and place the highest importance on having student representation on matters such as teaching, learning, behaviour and safety.
We have recently changed the way children will apply to become a member. After Easter all children will receive a 'Nomination for School Council Candidate' form. If they wish to become a member they must fill this in and obtain two nominees. Once they have been confirmed as a candidate they will then have to complete a manifesto and read it to their class. Class mates will vote accordingly using real ballot boxes that we have on loan from South Gloucestershire Council. Two children from each class will be elected to the school council for the next year.
This process ensures that the student council members are dedicated to the role and also teaches children how a real election is managed at the time of a general election.
Being a school council member at Stoke Lodge Primary School is a position of responsibility and requires commitment to attend meetings and to communicate regularly with their class mates and class teacher.
All minutes from the meetings will be shared with the Senior Management Team which will result in issues being dealt with quickly. We also use the minutes from the meetings and changes that occur, as evidence for our BIG award.
What is a school council?
A school council is a group of children who are elected to represent the views of all pupils and to improve the school.
What are the aims of the school council?
- To make sure our school is a happy and safe one for children.
- To make sure our children have a place to voice their concerns.
- To encourage all children in the school to suggest improvements.
- To make sure any suggestions or concerns are listened to and actioned.
What makes a good one?
A good school council is one that represents the views of all students and gets things done. These are some things that make an effective council;
- Regular meetings
- A council that is not too big
- Good Communication with their class
Our current School Council members are working towards the Speakers School Council Awards which is run by Parliament on behalf of the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow. It is an award that is given to School Councils that make a difference to their school. It doesn't matter how big or small the project; what is looked at by Parliament is the democracy and teamwork that leads to a positive change.
It is the first time that we have tried this challenge and are doing it with our KS2 School Council children. Over the last four weeks they have been in discussions with their classmates gaining ideas on how they can improve the school and make a difference. After discussing all of these ideas yesterday (28/5/2017), the children whittled the list down to four ideas and then voted for the top one. With a decision of 14 votes out of 15, a campaign on healthy eating was decided. The children will continue to work on this project and are going to hold assemblies, design posters, write to the school kitchen and ask for more salad and vegetables and write to the parents asking for their support.
If we win, the children will be invited to an awards ceremony in the Speaker's Apartments where they will be awarded a winner's trophy as well as a tour of Westminster!!