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ISB Student Council


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ISB Student Council

  1. 1. International School of Bucharest School Council
  2. 2. What is a School Council? <ul><li>“ School councils are democratically elected groups of students who represent their peers and enable pupils to become partners in their own education, making a positive contribution to the school environment and ethos” </li></ul><ul><li>Schools Councils UK web-site </li></ul>
  3. 3. Context - International Law <ul><li>United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) </li></ul><ul><li>Article 12 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Children and young people have the right to express opinions on matters which affect them and to have those opinions taken seriously.” </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is Participation? “ Participation means that it’s my right to be involved in making decisions or planning and reviewing an action that might affect me. Having a voice, having a choice.”
  5. 5. Why have a School Council? Improved motivation Better relationships Pupils involved Personal and Social Skills Active citizenship Benefits to School Community Improved behaviour Improved learning – and results Pupils have a voice Ownership
  6. 6. Possible Outcomes School Council Impact on teaching and learning Better attendance and motivation More positive school ethos Improved physical environment Improved policies Better teacher-pupil relations
  7. 7. Seven Steps to a School Council <ul><li>Seven Suggested Steps </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing the ground </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness-raising with staff and pupils </li></ul><ul><li>Choosing representatives </li></ul><ul><li>Training for representatives </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping everyone informed </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrating success </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring and evaluation </li></ul>5 4 3 2 6 7 1
  8. 8. The Role of the Link Teacher: Mrs Denise Wragg <ul><li>Promotes the school council with staff and pupils </li></ul><ul><li>Acts as link between the school council, staff and pupils </li></ul><ul><li>Ensures the school council maintains high profile – e.g. notice-boards throughout school, on agenda or staff meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitates and guides school council processes without dominating – e.g. elections, meetings, activities </li></ul><ul><li>Helps pupils to monitor and evaluate how things are going </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Role of the Class or Form Teacher <ul><li>Enables communication between pupils at grass roots level and the council </li></ul><ul><li>Helps school council reps to facilitate discussion and consultation at class level </li></ul><ul><li>Works with school council reps to keep school council high profile </li></ul><ul><li>Helps pupils to acquire the skills to take part in effective consultation and decision-making </li></ul><ul><li>Ensures that there’s enough time at class level for consultation and feed-back </li></ul><ul><li>Takes active interest in school council </li></ul>
  10. 10. Structure of The School Council School Council Y7 A,B,C Y8 A,B Y10 A,B Y11 A,B Y9 A,B Y12 A,B Y13 A,B
  11. 11. Links with other Groups School Council International Organisations Health and Safety Officer Staff Charities School Newspaper Yearbook PTA Tutor Groups Discipline Committee Publicity sub- committee
  12. 12. Choosing Representatives <ul><li>Class level: explain scope and nature of councillor’s role </li></ul><ul><li>Information and activities at class level – nomination and election processes </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure processes are fair and inclusive </li></ul><ul><li>Consider a variety of methods to help pupils have a voice – e.g. suggestion boxes, class book, questionnaires, focus groups </li></ul><ul><li>Elections for council reps by secret ballot </li></ul>
  13. 13. Keeping everyone Informed <ul><li>Real time allocated for class consultations and feed-back </li></ul><ul><li>Notice-boards / posters/ school newsletter / web-site </li></ul><ul><li>Assemblies </li></ul><ul><li>Regular item on staff meetings/ PTA / </li></ul>
  14. 14. Where do we go from here? “ Go as far as you can see, and see how far you can go”