Woolgrove School Council
A new School Council is elected every September. The children democratically vote for their councillors through a child friendly voting system. We have representatives from year 2 to year 6. The children attend five to six meetings a year.
The children are actively encouraged to share their pupil voice with the Head, Deputy Head and FSW. Our meetings include an Agenda and pupil friendly Minutes (presented in Widget- Communicate in Print symbols.) The Minutes are shared in class with the other pupils. Please see our School Council Board in the Library.
Consideration is given to:
- Each child’s experience, knowledge, skills and understanding;
- The ability of each child to express their needs to balance these against the needs of others;
Part of the process will involve building on children’s existing capacities by providing information; giving them opportunities to practice skills, exercise choices and take responsibility whilst respecting the rights of others who are not yet ready to do so. The adults also have responsibilities to ensure that children will have:
- the opportunity to try things for themselves;
- a chance to practice skills through the experience of the school council;
- an opportunity to experience adults as role models who will practice what they preach, for example showing the children ways of caring, co-operating, negotiating and resolving any differences of opinion peacefully. To see adults being prepared to take on new challenges, deal with set-backs, admit to mistakes and feel good about collective successes;
- good expectations through what they are able to achieve;
- the opportunity to gain new skills of independence and will give them more experience of controlling their own lives;
- relevant, clear and understandable information given them.
Woolgrove School believes that by encouraging children to participate in decisions that affect them there should be benefits for the children themselves, for other children and adults within the school and for the community as a whole:
- Children learn to express their own needs, consider those of others and develop skills of co-operation, negotiation and problem solving
- When their ideas and capabilities are respected, children’s confidence and self-esteem grow
- Participation develops children’s perception that decisions are their own and increases their commitment to making decisions work
- Insights gained from children help adults to work more effectively and ensure that facilities and rules developed by children are relevant to their needs
- Children who are experienced participators are likely to go on to become capable and involved citizens