A school council is a group of students who are elected by their peers to represent the views of all pupils, with the ultimate aim of improving the school. "School Council" means all kinds of school-based groups run by students, including student forums and youth parliaments. Members of the school council are responsible for carrying out the ideas that have been agreed, such as planning discos, writing newspaper articles, or meeting with catering staff. Each year,classes elect 2 representatives to be members of the school council.
Here at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, we have a Head Teacher's Representative and a Parish Representative, along with two School Council Representative's for each of the years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 and two children from Reception Class represent EYFS. The school council usually meet once a month with a teacher present - to discuss and sort out problems. These may include school lunches, pupil behaviour or a whole range of ideas.
Good schools such as Sacred Heart have good effective school councils that represent the views of all students and gets things done. Here are some examples of what a school council can do: They can campaign to the local council on behalf of the school; Re-design the school cafeteria and lunch menu; Reduce bullying by introducing initiatives to tackle the issue; Design a new homework diary; Or even adapt the school uniform.