Our School Council at Morley is comprised of children from various year groups, led by Year 6 students. Each Year 6 child is assigned a specific role within the council, including chair, reporter, timekeeper, scribe, and advocate.
The primary objective of our School Council is to exemplify the democratic process in action, granting children a platform to participate in decision-making within the school. It also aims to promote our school values through tangible actions. The School Council plays a crucial role in consulting on significant school decisions, facilitating class discussions, and conducting interviews for School Leadership positions. Regular meetings are held every half-term to address issues raised in council meetings. Thanks to the Council’s diligent efforts, many of their ideas have been successfully implemented in our school.
Our School Council strives to encourage children to:
- Prepare them to become active citizens: By engaging in the democratic process at a young age, students learn the importance of active participation in their community and society.
- Share their thoughts and ideas democratically: The Council provides a platform for children to express their opinions, fostering open and inclusive discussions where all voices are heard and valued.
- Contribute to decisions that support their learning and development: Students are empowered to actively contribute to decisions that directly impact their educational journey, promoting a sense of ownership and responsibility.
The School Council acts as a representative of everyone’s ‘voice’, allowing children to exert a positive influence within the community. By involving students in decision-making processes, we foster a culture of empowerment, encouraging them to take an active role in shaping their educational experience.
Our School Council aims to instil in pupils:
- Consensus-building on school issues: Through collaborative discussions, the Council seeks to reach agreements on important matters such as behaviour standards and school equipment, promoting a sense of shared responsibility and cooperation.
- Responsibility towards the school environment: The Council encourages students to take ownership of their school environment, fostering a culture of respect, cleanliness, and sustainability.
Giving Feedback to Pupils:
Following School Council meetings, members have the opportunity to communicate their ideas and suggestions to the Headteacher. This feedback loop not only ensures that pupils’ voices are heard but also encourages their continued engagement in further meetings and efforts to improve the school.
By providing an effective platform for student input and incorporating their ideas into decision-making processes, we strive to enhance the overall school experience and cultivate responsible, engaged, and active citizens.