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 1 and 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 in the autumn term and again mid-year.
How Often does the School Council meet?
The School Council will meet twice 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 ensured that pupils are provided with opportunities to participate in school and society. Our School Council is an excellent way in which to increase participation, teaching pupils about democracy, local and global citizenship and accountability.
How the School Council will be organised
The NRPS School Council will choose two Executive School Councillors. Executive School Councillors wear a distinctive blue badge with "Executive School Councillor" engraved on the badge. They will lead the meeting and they will be coached by a senior leader. An agenda will be produced ahead of each 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 Executive School Councillors
The Executive School Councillors will meet and formulate the agenda for the meeting.
Record of meetings
The Executive School Councilors will make some notes during the meeting.
The Executive School Councilors 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.