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School Council Selection and Student Involvement

Opportunity for students to get involved a school council lets students learn how to be part of an organisational structure using systems and processes to make a difference to their school. The status of a school student council can be greatly enhanced if its membership is made up from some of the following:

 

Head Teacher/Principal
• Heads of House or department
• Teachers
• Accountant
• Members of the school community
• Two elected members from each year group (changed termly)
• Owners of a school

 

A member of staff should have responsibility for the council ensuring that

Section about the school council in the prospectus and on the school website

• School notice board with the names and photographs of current council members displayed schedule of meetings for the year to include times and venue, minutes and examples of the work of the school student council

 

• Term election of councillors from each year group for the school council

• Councillors are presented with their badges and trained with regard to attending and running meetings

• Councillors fulfil their responsibilities including production and circulation of the agenda and minutes

 

Councillors are elected to the student council to represent the views of their class working together to make the school as good as it can be:

• Attend school council meetings

• Find out items for the agenda in advance of council meetings ensuring that they are not individual issues that should be dealt with directly by a member of staff

• Reporting back to their class following a meeting

• Take action delegated to them during council meetings

 

When chairing school council meetings councillors are responsible for:

• Collecting agenda items from staff and students
• Circulating the agenda prior to the meeting
• Organising the meeting room
• Ensuring minutes are taken
• Managing council meeting
• Circulating the minutes

 

Chairing a council meetings involve

• Welcoming everyone to the meeting especially visitors

• Asking for apologies

• Going through the previous minutes and seeking agreement to sign them as a true record

• Addressing any matters arising from previous council meetings

• Asking the person responsible for each agenda item to speak

• Inviting opinions enabling a wide range of views bearing in mind time restraints

• Summarising and agree any action

• At the end of council meetings, thanking everyone for attending and for their contributions

• Confirming the date, time and place of the next school student council meeting and who will be chairing

• Ensure the minutes are produced and posted

 

Students attending a council meeting

• Ascertain the opinions of class members with regard to the agenda items
• Report back any actions is taken
• Listen attentively when someone is speaking and seek to contribute
• Do not interrupt, indicating to the chairperson should he or she wishes to speak
• Refer to issues, not to individuals by name

 

Student councils in a school for students are a legal requirement in many countries and a school council is beneficial for the school community. Run properly a school council provides a voice for all school members.