Cavell Primary and Nursery School Policy for School Council Andrea Slater Written by: Nov 2009 Date Written: Date approved Nov 2013 Review Date: Aims To develop the school as a community that works in partnership. To enable children to become partners in their own education through enabling them to make a positive contribution to the school environment and ethos. To develop self-esteem through being able to contribute to class/school decision making. To provide a structure within which pupils feel ownership of and respect for decisions, rules and systems made for the common good. To develop a responsible attitude towards issues which affect them. To provide opportunities for children to listen to, make and evaluate contributions of peers. To ensure that pupils have opportunities to be heard and consulted.
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Every child learns from personal experience how to contribute to society as a whole and what it means to be an active citizen.
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Each council will stand from the beginning of the academic year for a period of 12 months. The make-up of the Council to be established in June to prepare pupils for the following year. The Council will consist of 1 boy and 1 girl from each class, chosen by ballot.
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The Council will be overseen and facilitated by a senior member of staff. The Council can make suggestions but have no power to make decisions. The Council may have on its agenda, at the discretion of the member of staff present, an issue which affects the welfare of pupils. The council may make recommendations to the Senior Management team who will give due consideration to them. The Council will elect, at its first meeting, a chair and secretary. The Council will decide the period of office which these will serve. If circumstances so dictate, the Council will make appropriate arrangements for their replacement. Council meetings will take place at the discretion of any senior member of staff, but not less than once per half term. Anyone may request that a meeting may be called. The chair, secretary and member of staff present at the relevant meeting shall take the recommendations of the Council to the Senior Management Team. Minutes will be kept of all meetings. These will be kept in the Library and a copy displayed on the School Council notice board. Suggestions for discussion can be raised at class meetings and taken to the Council by the 2 class representatives. Suggestions at class level may be implemented at that level at the discretion of the class teacher (class council) and need not be taken to full School Council. Council members will be provided with time to inform the rest of the school of decisions made, progress etc at agreed assemblies. News from and decisions made by the School Council will be included in parent newsletters.