At Fawbert and Barnard's Primary school, we aim to encourage our children to:
- Develop confidence and responsibility and make the most of their abilities
- Prepare them to play an active role as citizens
- Develop healthy, safer lifestyles
- Develop good relationships and respect the differences between people
- To have a “voice” and to share their opinions and ideas with others
- To understand the British values focusing on democracy across the school
We value the benefits of ever voice matters and therefore we operate a School Council. The School Council represents the whole school, working with children, staff and parents benefiting the whole community. Through our School Council work, it is hoped that we can develop a balance of belonging to our classes as well as our school. Our School Council work will enable pupils with positive attitudes to exert a positive influence. Everyone will benefit from the work of the School Council ensuring we listen to all ages.
Our School Council aims to ensure our children have:
- A safe, happy and fair learning environment
- A safe place where children can air their views and opinions
- A structured opportunity to learn problem-solving skills
- An opportunity to take an active role in the organisation of the school
- An opportunity to experience a democratic process
Our School Council should encourage pupils to develop:
- A sense of ownership over areas around the school
- Working collaboratively with all years over school issues such as behaviour
- A responsibility towards the school community and environment
Our School Council should give pupils the experience of:
- Planning, organising and monitoring small projects
- Speaking and listening skills
- Debating skills
- Negotiating skills
- Basic budgeting and managing money
Our School Council aims to prepare our pupils for citizenship by teaching them about roles, rights and responsibilities within the school system.
Class elections will be held every year so that different representatives can put forward their election speeches as well as developing the full potential of the School Council to complete tasks. Three candidates will be elected from each class from Year 2 - 6. Children have voting slips to build children learning key citizenship skills for the outside world.
- Three children from each class Year 2-6
- Key Stage 2 leader to oversee
- An agenda is to be organised by the Key Stage 2 Leader
- Minutes will be recorded by the children
- The School Council will decide together from their class discussions
It is a very responsible job, and School Council Members will share information with their class, and get ideas and views from pupils by talking.
Running the School Council Meetings:
The School Council will vote for a chair. This is the person who makes sure everyone gets a turn to speak and encourages all members to contribute. In addition, the School Council will ensure someone takes notes during the meeting and the notes should assist the feedback classes receive after the meeting.
At the end of the School Council’s meeting, everyone needs to know what they have to do next. The chair needs to make sure members know what to do and what they have to say to their class.
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 happens every two weeks. This will encourage more children to contribute to further meetings, share worries and let members know the things which could be done to improve the school.
This section will be reviewed as the school council meet and come up with decisions. Please watch this space for the impact of the School council of 2022-23!
Updated Feb 2023