School Council - Children's Rights

Our School Council
Our school council is a formal group of pupils who act as representatives of their classmates in discussing school issues with the Mrs Bailey (Head) and Miss King (School Council Facilitator). It’s a brilliant way of representing and contributing to Pupil Voice in our school. Students are elected to represent the views of all students and also to improve our school. 
They help to make decisions about how our school is run and take on projects that support the children’s learning and development, such as organising charity events, representing the school at outside events or ensuring the school is environmentally friendly. Our school council are elected in a democratic process. Children stand for election, make a manifesto speech to their class and a vote is held. This is one of our core British Values - Democracy.
 
This year our school council are focusing on introducing children's rights to our school. All children in the world have rights - no matter what! - and these are listed in The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). In fact,  Article 12 of the UNCRC says that children and young people should have a say in decisions that affect their lives. So our school council provides a meaningful way in which pupils can voice their opinions and have their views taken into account in decisions that impact upon them. 
Our school council will be talking about rights to their classes and supporting the teaching of rights in assemblies. Each class will then make a list of rights that they would like to focus on in school and their school councillors will bring their suggestions to meetings, where the most popular will become our school focused rights. Even though we will have our focused school rights, all children's rights will be respected in school. We will be learning about ensuring we have rights for ourselves, but also ensuring we are respectful that other's receive their rights too.
 
Our school councillors are: Bella, Laurie, Kaira, Zara, XXX, XXX and Barney.
 
See below for school council meeting minutes: