The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child states that children have the right to participate in decision-making processes that may be relevant in their lives and to influence decisions taken in their regard—within the family, the school or the community.
Having said all of that, we at Roade Primary school believe that children should have a say in their education. We value the opinions of our pupils and our School Council gives the children a voice in the school community.
The council works with Ms Dee Richings but is led by the children themselves. There is an elected Chairperson who is ably supported by their deputies. A council secretary records and documents all the important discussions as well as organising and monitoring any spending budgets.
Each year, a new school council is elected, with every class from Y1 to Y6 nominating 2 representatives. It is their responsibility to share their class’s opinions and thoughts with the rest of the council; keep any important notes and report any developments back to the other children (and the teacher) in their class!
Meetings are held every half term, attended by Ms Richings. The children bring with them ideas for future projects to raise money for the school or for a chosen charity.
The School Councillors are always on duty and always open to ideas and suggestions to help improve the school. They have a class book that ideas and suggestions can be put into. In school, we have a School Council display board which shows you who all the members are and what is going on in YOUR school council.