What is the ‘student voice’?
Student voice is extremely important. As the largest collective group of people within the school it’s important that students get the opportunity to share their ideas about the future of the school and our school council play a very important role.
How does the school council operate?
A school council will run for an annual term in office. In other words, new school council members will be elected every year and the previous school council members will not be eligible to stand as a member. This gives a larger group of people the opportunity to get involved and generate new ideas; begin fresh each year.
Each tutor group have one male and one female representative who can stand for school council. To ensure the school council is an effective size (not too big) each year group will have four representatives; two girls and two boys. These are to be voted for and elected by the whole year.
In total there will be 12 pupils from across the school who attend the meetings on a regular basis, but the other tutor group representatives also need to attend when necessary.
Minutes from these regular meetings are given back to tutor groups.
What makes a good school council member?
This person needs to be all of the following: motivated, organised, positive, assertive, caring, a good listener, have strong communication skills, diplomacy, confidence and have awareness of other views.
They are an ambassador for the school and should be willing to attend school events e.g. Parents’ Evenings, Open Mornings.
How will they be elected?
Tutor groups must first vote on their class representatives in a hidden ballot.
The tutor group then put together a campaign to get their representatives elected to school council. This will include an A4 manifesto that states:
- Why school council is important?
- Why they would make a good member of school council?
- What they would want to achieve as a member of school council?
The manifesto for each candidate is given to each tutor group within their year group before the four representatives from their year group are elected.