What is a Student Council?
A student council is a body of pupils set up to represent all pupils on issues that affect them. There should be a democratic ‘election’ for members, preferably by secret ballot (where children don’t know who voted for who, as opposed to being asked to put their hands up to vote in full view of their peers, which might affect their vote). A school council should consider issues raised by the pupils and have a system in place to feed back to them on actions, outcomes and achievements.
Why have a Student Council?
Pupils have a vital role to play in creating a positive and welcoming school environment.
The benefits for the pupils
• A group of students elected to represent their views
• Have a say on school issues such as uniforms, school rules and regulations
• Makes our school more democratic
• Replace peer pressure with peer support
• Help prevent bullying
• Get involved in organising social events
The benefits for the school
• Equality and respect for everyone involved in the school
• Improved student – staff relations
• Support for younger students
• A better school and satisfied students, through the involvement of students in planning and decision-making
How will the Student Council be selected?
Two pupils from each class (one boy and one girl) are elected by their peers. 5th and 6th classes both have a third member. The elections are by secret ballot and class teachers will be responsible for organising. Students are encouraged to engage in debates and discussions before election day. The elected pupils will be required to be active participants in the Student Council, to attend meetings, participate in activities and be a role model for other students. Any pupils not engaging or ‘pulling their weight’ will be asked to step down.