Pupil school council
Welcome to the School Council
The School Council at Rivelin Primary represent the pupil voice of the school community. We highly value their support in the democracy of our school. The School Council and are given opportunities to make real changes to our school.
Each year, pupils run electoral campaigns in the first term and make promises to their class about what they would do to improve the quality of life in the school community. The school becomes awash with electoral posters and badges and this is a great opportunity to discuss the importance of democracy as part of our British values. The pupils then deliver speeches to their classes, which is followed by an anonymous vote.
The School Council Vision Statement is as follows:
- Our school council works together as a team to ensure we can be the best school possible.
- We aim to promote our school Core Values: Respect, Kindness, Honesty, Determination, Curiosity, Dignity and Integrity.
- We want to improve our school by discussing ideas and making decisions.
- We aim to listen to others and discuss comments and suggestions that would make our school an even more wonderful place.
The School Council truly represent the voice of the pupils.
What do we do?
A school council does a number of things:
The school council meets every fortnight with the headteacher to discuss what they feel needs improving in school. This may include school lunches, the library, playtimes, curriculum, behaviour or ideas for fundraising events.
Members of the school council are responsible for carrying out research and for implementing ideas that have been agreed, such as planning improvements for the library, planning discos, writing newspaper articles or meeting with catering staff.
What makes our School Council a good one?
Our School Council is one that represents the views of all children at Rivelin and gets things done.
Our School Council is effective because we have regular meetings. The council continually strive to build on their progress and before the end of every meeting, they decide what their next steps will be.
We achieve good communication between our School Council representatives and their classes. This is through School Councillors having regular opportunities to feedback to their classes and listen to responses from the children.
The children work with a real budget and discuss how money should be prioritised. Every year, we evaluate the work the School Council have done for our school and share this with successive School Council representatives so that they can continue to build on the progress made.
What do we get done?
So far this year, the School Council have supported fundraising events to raise money for our library. The school councillors have carried out surveys to find out what our children would like to see in their library. You can read about our meetings by clicking on the tabs below.