Why was the Pupil Council formed?
- To give pupils responsibility.
- To encourage pupils to become active in making decisions about their school.
- To encourage pupils to communicate effectively with their peers, teachers, supervisory staff and ancillary staff.
How does it operate?
Firstly, class elections are held to elect a pupil rep.
Pupils in each class learn how voting systems work, why it is important to vote for the person they think will do the best job and that after voting the decision is final.
We meet 3 – 4 times a term to discuss issues that we feel are important to the pupils in the school. We put ideas forward to Miss Casey about what we would like for the school.
The Pupil Council will also be responsible for bringing the views and ideas of their classes to meetings and make decisions and act on their behalf to improve the school for all pupils.
What happens during and after a pupil council meeting?
During the pupil council meeting important issues are discussed, ideas shared and action points decided. The aim is for the discussions to be orderly and fair, with everyone having an equal opportunity to talk or be listened to. It's up to the Chairperson to make sure that councillors show respect for each other.
What happens after the meeting?
After the meeting representatives report back to their class while things are still fresh in their minds - this helps every pupil to feel involved.
What are the benefits of a pupil council?
The pupil council involves the pupils in decisions that affect pupils, their class and the school. It keeps them informed about the life of the school and helps them to gain the confidence to have their say. It also can help the pupils to feel good about their place in the school community by giving them responsibilities and encouraging them to be an active citizen. The advantage is that it gets exciting issues moving and can deal quickly with issues that trouble them.