Our school council is made up of two children per year group: a Key Stage 1 and a Key Stage 2. The sessions are led by Miss. Bush and currently meet every three weeks.
We have had meetings on: friendship benches, how playtimes are running, our behaviour ladder system, our pupils' well-being and designs for a new Forest School. You can see the priorities we have decided as a group during our school council meetings on our School Council Action Plan.
We have just acquired some more land so that our Forest School area can be even bigger and better. The Forest School design stage has taken up much of our recent discussion.
On our school council board, we also have an envelope for the pupils to write their suggestions on.
Following a Collective Worship on democracy, the children are elected by their classmates. To help improve our school, they meet up every three weeks to discuss a variety of ideas, views and concerns that have been expressed by their fellow pupils.
We want to ensure that all pupils have:
- a safe, happy, healthy, active and fair learning environment
- a place to voice concerns, worries and work out solutions
- the opportunity to learn problem solving skills
- an opportunity to take an active part in making decisions
- an opportunity to experience a democratic process which expresses British Values and respects others
- a place to discuss behaviour/friendship problems or report bullying
- responsibility for the school environment
- an opportunity to plan and organise projects which will make a difference
- the opportunity to speak, listen to others and debate issues
- an opportunity to manage a budget
- an opportunity to learn about roles, rights and responsibilities within the school and wider community.
Year 6 representatives wrote a statement defining bullying for the updated anti-bullying policy.
The School Council have also created letters, posters and information leaflets about Forest School for the Parish Council regarding acquiring extra outdoor space.
The children have also worked with the Parish Council giving their opinions on the play equipment at the village recreation ground.