A process, lessons plans, worksheets and ideas for how to make your school council election successful, effective and inclusive.
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Far too often, politicians and commentators are guilty of an over-reliance on their own experience of school. It’s the whole ‘I did XYZ assessment/exam, and IT DIDN’T DO ME ANY HARM’.
A summary of our recent trip to work with school council coordinators in Prague, Czech Republic.
One of involver’s favourite schools tells us how student voice works for them. They run an amazing student voice conference every year, which helps them to include a lot of people and get a lot done. Great stuff!
An amazing case study on achieving whole-school and inclusive student voice in a primary school. It’s from the research project that we did for the did for the Children’s Commissioner.
Trying to create a short and simple but comprehensive policy for how school and class councils should work in a primary school.
Here’s the first part of our findings from a brilliant research project that we worked on for the Children’s Commissioner. It’s all about best practice in student voice, and here’s a short ‘How to’ guide with as much advice as we could possibly fit onto two pages. Feel free to download and share. You can [...]
It’s the beginning of the school term. Loads of school council elections are taking place across the country, but many of them aren’t organised as well as they could be. Often this is perfectly understandable; running the election is sometimes thrust upon an unsuspecting teacher, so here’s a complication of the resources we’ve got to [...]
Hello everyone, Welcome back to school. Hope you all had a fun summer! To give you a quick idea of what we’ve been up to….. In between lovely holidays to Loch Ness, Aberdeen, Rugby and France, we’ve been doing lots of work on the Smart School Council Community, a charity we’re setting up and supporting. [...]
Modelling democracy is an incredibly important role of the school council, but it’s something that’s easy to get wrong. Are you trying to model values or structures?
Happy friday everyone, For the last few months, we’ve been working on an exciting new student voice/school council tool called the Student Voice-o-Meter. We’ve worked closely with two very talented people, Robert Johnson doing the amazing illustration, and Derek Winton pulling all the database and code stuff together. We’re extremely grateful for their help, ideas [...]
5 short sessions that can be run in tutor/form time to introduce the whole school to what the school council is, why they should stand and how they should vote.
This is a question that I am sure many schools struggle with, and I’d be lying if I said Little Heath hadn’t faced this problem over the years as well. The answer to this question can be the key to success in student voice. It might be that the attendance at your school council is [...]
This is part two of a blog on Little Heath’s Student Voice conference. You can read the first part here. This concentrated on the older students who were organising the conference, and the adults that supported them. This second part will look at the experience of some of the younger pupils who are more recently [...]
Here’s Alison’s second blog, about the amazing Student Voice Conference at Little Heath! I’ve got a few videos from the day too, which I’ll upload soon. It’s been an exciting couple of weeks! Wednesday 2nd February was our annual Student Voice Conference at Little Heath. If I’m being honest I can’t believe it is over [...]
A short toolkit covering many of the essentials anyone working with school/ student/ pupil councils will find useful. If your school council has got a bit stale this will challenge you to think about how it’s set up and help you find a better way.
Template to make the cards for ‘Making it fun: getting to know your reps.’
A student from the States (I guess) plans, commits and is punished for school council election fraud and Tweets the whole thing as it’s going.