School Council Policy, Purposes and Aims
A school council helps to ensure that pupils have:
- a safe, happy, fair learning environment
- a forum to voice their concerns and act upon them
- a structured opportunity to learn problem-solving skills
- an opportunity to take an active part in the management of the school
- experience of democratic processes.
A school council should encourage pupils to develop:
- a sense of ownership over policy and practice
- a consensus over school issues, such as behaviour
- responsibility towards the school community and environment.
A school council should give pupils experience of:
- planning, organising and monitoring small projects
- speaking, listening and debating
- mediation and negotiation skills
- basic budgeting and managing money.
A school council should prepare pupils for citizenship by:
Teaching them about roles, rights and responsibilites, in school and the community.