Welcome to our School Council!
At Swalwell Primary school, we respect and value the fundamental British values of democracy and ensure the views and opinions of our pupils are expressed. At the beginning of September, the children in KS2 elect school council members from each year group. All pupils are invited to stand as School Council representatives and are voted for fairly and democratically by their peers.
The School Council meets every month to discuss issues raised by the children and ideas to help improve our school and community even further.
Our School Council allows pupils to:
- Develop confidence and responsibility and make the most of their abilities
- Prepare them to play an active role as citizens
- Develop good relationships and respect the differences between people
- To have a “voice” and to share their opinions and ideas with others
- A sense of ownership over policy and practice
- A consensus over school issues such as behaviour
- A responsibility towards the school community and environment
Our School Council aims to ensure our children have:
- A safe, happy and fair learning environment
- A forum to voice their concerns and act upon them
- A structured opportunity to learn problem-solving skills
- An opportunity to take an active role in the organisation of the school
- An opportunity to experience a democratic process
Our School Council gives pupils the experience of:
- Planning, organising and monitoring small projects
- Speaking and listening skills
- Debating skills
- Mediation and negotiating skills
- Basic budgeting and managing money
Our School Council prepares our pupils for citizenship by teaching them about roles, rights and responsibilities within the school system.