What is the School Council?
The school council works to make improvements to the school and the way we do things at Brookland Junior School. We look around for things that could be better and discuss what to do. Everyone gets a chance to speak and when we’ve finished we vote on the best ideas and then start working on changing things. Sometimes we, may, have to talk to teachers and sometimes we, may, have to make phone calls to people outside of the school.
Who are the School Council?
At Brookland Junior School, our School Council comprises of 12 representatives. Each class democratically elects two members to represent them at School Council meetings.
It is the School Council member's responsibility to ensure they discuss issues with their classmates and feed this back to the school council.
Each member acts as a link between their classmates and the School Council sessions.
Our School Council aims to ensure our children have:
- A safe, happy and 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 role in the organisation of the school;
- An opportunity to experience a democratic process.
Our School Council should encourage pupils to develop:
- A sense of ownership over policy and practice;
- A consensus over school issues, such as behaviour;
- A responsibility towards the school community and environment.
Our School Council should give pupils the experience of:
- Planning, organising and monitoring small projects;
- Speaking and listening skills;
- Debating skills;
- Mediation and negotiating skills.
Our School Council, aims to prepare our pupils for citizenship by teaching them about roles, rights and responsibilities within the school system.
Agenda - a list of things to talk about.
Councillor - someone who has been voted for to work for their class mates on the School Council.
Minutes - the notes taken during a meeting so people can see what goes on.
Motion - an idea for the council to discuss.
Forum - a meeting where ideas and views on a particular issue can be exchanged/discussed.