Article 13: Every child must be free to express their thoughts and opinions and to access all kinds of information, as long as it is within the law.
The School Council is composed of 2 representatives from Year 1 to Year 6. During the first weeks of term all classes invite prospective school council reps to give a speech to the class explaining how they will represent their views on the school council. Each class then has a democratic secret ballot for Key Stage 2 and a blind count for Key Stage 1 to choose their representatives. This is linked to our promotion of British Values.
The school council meets at least twice every half term and considers all aspects of school life. They have been involved in interviewing prospective teachers, decided on spending priorities and designs to improve the school grounds, and help to organise fund raising events for both school and the wider community. They also regularly discuss school issues and factors affecting teaching and learning that children have raised.
Recent School Council meeting outcomes:
- Children to plant new trees in paddock area.
- Children to create own acceptable use policies for ICT.
- Working with the Eco group to help develop our new and improving outdoor space.
- Worked with the Rights Respecting group to help develop anti-bullying strategies in the school so ALL children feel safe.
- Helped to organise and improve the school library.
Children are looking forward to taking part in this years school council elections which will take place before the end of September. It is our aim this year to develop partnerships with the Spennymoor Town Council and other local agencies to allow children to make a positive difference in their local community. Inside school, one of the new team’s first tasks will be to help promote positive playtimes by encouraging collaborative play… Watch this space for updates and our newly elected council members!