What is the School Council about?
Following British Values through democracy, our school council is a formed youth parliament that helps to make the school a safer and a better place to be in. School council is about giving children a brighter future, it’s about making children want to come to school and it will be good for their attendance too. Our class representatives have a very important job and work really hard on giving the children at Oxbridge Lane Primary a better future.
We are the voice of the students
- We aim to get things done to make our school better.
- To find ways to improve our school.
- To give every pupil a voice and to make all decision making fair.
Any pupil of Oxbridge Lane Primary School can put themselves forward to be elected democratically. Each candidate will be given time to think of a speech to present their class which will explain why they think they would be the best person to represent the views of their class. Then the classes vote for the person who they feel would get the job done the best by writing down the name of the person they decide on. A vice school council rep will also be elected in case the other representative is absent.
Current School Council Members
Roles are selected in a democratic election process where members vote with a show of hands.
Link teacher: Mrs Amerigo
Roles of the School Council Members
All members of the school council have a duty to report back any information they discuss to their classes, every week. They must also make sure they represent the views of every child in their own classes by sharing them at school council. They can record this information in their school council book.
Chairperson: The Chairperson runs the meetings. First, they read through the last week’s minutes to check they are a true reflection of what happened; if all members agree, the minutes are signed. The chair then forms and shares the meeting’s agenda with the school council and works through this.
Vice Chair Person: The Vice Chairperson needs to be prepared to lead the meeting if the Chair is absent. They also support the Chairperson in their role, when required. When the minutes have been signed, the Vice Chair takes them to the office to be filed.
Governor Liaison Officer: The Governor Liaison Officer writes reports for the School’s governing body. They tell them about all of the things the council has achieved and all of the ideas they would like to improve their school.
Secretary: The secretary takes notes (minutes) in all meetings and ensures there are enough copies to be looked at for the next meeting. It is also their job to do the register.
Treasurer: The treasurer records of any money raised, donated or spent for the school council.
Committee members: These members listen to the Chairperson and contribute their own and the ideas of their class and vote for any ideas put forward.
School council meetings are held every 3 weeks. For the meeting to go ahead there must be at least 8 council members present. Decisions will be made using a hands up or blind voting system. If a decision can’t be reached, it will be put to the whole school. Ideas and questions are put to classes/the whole school before they are voted on in school council.
School Council Code of Conduct
As agreed by the School Council
- to be on time to every school council meeting
- to let the Chair know if I am unable to make a meeting
- respect and listen to each other
- Put your hand up if you want to speak
- make decisions after we have listened to each other
- always have the interest of the whole school at heart when making decisions
- give all children a voice
- have a positive ‘can do’ attitude
How all pupils can communicate with the School Council;
Everybody’s views, ideas and opinions matter. All children and staff can contact a School Council representative in the following ways;
- speak to a school council class representative when they are free or during their class feedback sessions
- write down your suggestions and post them in the school council suggestion box; located at the office