NRPS School Council
School councils and pupil participation
The Department for Education (DfE) is keen to support all schools to have structures in place which allow pupils to have a real say in issues that affect them and to know that their opinions count. At NRPS, we have a School Council that enables effective pupil participation.
What is a school council?
A school council is a formal group of pupils within a school who are elected by their peers to represent them and their views. At NRPS, our School Councillors are elected from Year 3 to 6 but we also have two children chosen from Year 2 who represent the views of Key Stage 1 pupils.
How Often are children elected?
At NRPS, we hold School Council elections twice a year.
How Often does the School Council meet?
The School Council will meet once a month through the school year.
Why have a school council?
Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) says that children and young people should have a say in decisions that affect their lives. Our School Council provides a meaningful way in which pupils can voice their opinions and have their views taken into account in decisions which impact upon them.
Experience from schools shows that a school council that is supported and nurtured helps to improve many aspects of school life.
It is an important and useful way for schools to provide leadership and development opportunities for pupils.
Our curriculum requires that pupils are provided with opportunities to participate in school and society. School councils are an excellent way in which to increase participation, teaching young people about democracy, local and global citizenship and accountability.
How the School Council will be organised
The NRPS School Council will choose a Chair and a Vice Chair and a secretary. The Chair and / or the Vice Chair will lead the meeting and they will be coached by a senior leader. An agenda will be produced ahead of the meeting.
How will the agenda be agreed?
The School Councillors from each class will be given a slot by the class teacher to let the class know when the next School Council meeting will take place. Ahead of the meeting, children in the class will be asked to let the School Councillors know their ideas and suggestions for inclusion on the agenda. These ideas will be given to the Chair / Vice Chair.
The Chair and Vice Chair will meet and formulate the agenda for the meeting. At the start of the meeting the agenda items will be presented on a whiteboard for the School Council to see.
Record of meetings
The Secretary to the School Council will make some notes during the meeting.
The Chair and Vice Chair of the School Council will meet with the Head Teacher once a month to discuss ideas and progress.
Click here to download an application form to be a member of the School Council.