"Children and young people have the right to participate in decision-making that affects them."
Extract taken from: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
What is a School Council?
Are you interested in making a positive difference to Bude Junior School and peoples’ lives throughout the world?
Then become a Class Rep on our School Council!
Each class elects two reps to sit on School Council meetings.
The two reps present the ideas and thoughts of their class for discussion.
A major theme recently of our School Council has been deciding on activities for our hugely successful fundraising efforts for:
There are links to the charities we support if you hover over ‘School Council’ under the ‘Learning’ tab above.
On average for each fundrasing effort we have raised over £1000!
We have raised this money, and our awareness of national and global issues, by:
Collecting coins to see teachers have baked beans, wet sponges, shaving foam and iced water poured on them!
Baking and selling lots of cakes and biscuits!
Having a sponsored silence!
Doing something funny for money!
Joining in a ‘Just Dance’ afternoon!
Step up Everest challenge!
Buying hot dogs from the School Council Café!
Colouring in competitions!
Fancy dress themed non-school uniform days!
Staff v Pupil sporting events!
…at the heart of the health-promoting school
“Children and young people have the right to participate in decision-making that affects them”
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
All children and young people, regardless of their age or ability can offer experience and knowledge, new perspectives, skills, time and both creative and practical ideas.
What pupil participation means:
- Expressing views and being listened to
- Exploring new ideas and developing skills
- Trying new things and taking action
- Being part of decision-making processes
- Taking ownership and representing others
- Finding new ways to communicate
How it can work:
- Listening and talking on an everyday basis
- Creative, inclusive consultation
- Pupil councils / forums
- Pupils setting the agenda
- Community projects
- School websites and newsletters
- Peer support and education
- Asking pupils what support they need
- Mediation and conflict resolution
- Local, national and international citizenship programmes
- Involving pupils in school working groups and committees
Benefits for pupils:
- A positive school experience
- Development of skills, confidence and self-worth
- Being listened to and being valued
- Being supported to express views and ideas
- Sharing experiences and learning from each other
- Being part of positive change in school
Benefits for the community:
- School feels happier, safer and a better place to be
- Improved pupil-staff communication and relationships
- Greater understanding of the issues affecting the wellbeing of children and young people
- More effective planning and development
- New, creative and effective ways of working with children and young people
- Opportunities for pupils to lead projects and developments