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. A school council can provide a meaningful way in which pupils can voice their opinions and have their views taken into account in decisions which impact upon them.
Each year, two representatives from each class are democratically elected to represent their class as members of the John Betts School Council. This is a wonderful opportunity for pupils to voice their ideas, opinions and to see democracy in action as a component of British Values.
In every classroom, there is a 'Suggestion Box' for pupils to raise issues to be discussed in our regular School Council meetings. This enables all pupils in the School to have a real say in issues that affect them and to know that their opinions count.
The John Betts School Council Constitution
Councillor Behaviours and Attitude
Voting and Selection Procedures
Structures and Procedures at School Council Meetings
Promoting the School Council: Giving the School a Community Voice