Welcome To Clenchwarton School Council
Why do we have a School Council?
The School Council benefits the whole school, pupils and teachers, because it provides opportunities for pupils to communicate their feelings as well as influence decisions that are made. Councillors develop skills such as confidence, communication and negotiation. It is the responsibility of each Councillor to ensure that they express both their own views and the views of all the other pupils they represent.
Who can be a member of the School Council?
Every year, two children from Year 1 to Year 5 and 4 children from Year 6 join the School Council (Reception join after Christmas). Each councillor is elected by their classmates at the beginning of the school year after a short presentation explaining why they should be elected. The members then elect a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and a Treasurer. There is an executive team, made up of Year 6 pupils, who lead the meetings.
What do we do?
Members of the Council take part in discussions and votes and also feedback any relevant information to their class. Class council meetings are held regularly and the three most popular ideas/suggestions for fund raising and/or purchases are taken to the main School Council meeting. Members of the council discuss and vote for the three most popular ideas and the executive team take these to a meeting with Ms Borley.
How do we raise money?
We raise money through non-uniform days and selling cakes and raffle tickets for prizes at various times during the year. We also organise and run an annual talent show for children with auditions and performances for parents.
Where does the money go?
- Various charities (Comic Relief, Jeans 4 Genes, Children in Need)
- Adopted two endangered species (Panda & Turtle)
Smart School Council
Clenchwarton have signed up to the Smart School Councils programme The Smart School Councils Community (SSCC) is a teacher-led charity that helps young people to become active, democratic citizens. To do that, we implement our Smart School Councils model into schools which means everyone is involved in developing skills and experiencing democracy. We support our 9,500 schools members who come from across the UK and beyond!
How does it work?
The Smart School Council model involves all students in the school, and helps them to develop key skills around oracy, confidence and leadership. It supports students to become active, democratic citizens. The Smart School Council model helps schools to:
- Involve ALL of students in developing skills
- Directly address Ofsted requirements on British Values/SMSC & Prevent
- Track data on involvement
- Is easier to run than a traditional school council
It has three clear elements:
- Class meetings: Short, regular, structured and student-led meetings in every class / tutor group across the school.
- Action teams: Any student can set up an action team based on an idea or issue that they have.
- Communication team: Brings the whole model together, facilitates wide involvement and tracks it.
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