School staff can sometimes see the school council as a threat or an annoyance. These simple ideas may help you overcome that resistance and win them over.
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Yesterday was the final day to respond to the last bit of the Government’s consultation on its controversial and rushed reworking of the National Curriculum. We have been actively involved with the Democratic Life consortium which has been using this opportunity to campaign for the strengthening of the Citizenship curriculum. As well as contributing to Democratic Life’s response to the consultation we wrote a response on behalf of the Smart School Councils Community. We used the response submitted by involver, below, to reinforce what they both said:
Do you use your school council to support and challenge your school. What happens when students and Ofsted disagree?
Bringing on new school councillors can be difficult. Use this simple structure to create a welcome pack and plan for how to support them and get your school council off to a flying start.
Involver’s response to the National Curriculum consultation. We argue for stronger Citizenship with skills and active citizenship alongside knowledge.
How and why Welbourne Primary School in Haringey involved the school council in appointing their headteacher.
Sugatra Mitra’s SOLE project is an exciting one for learning in all kinds of ways, here’s how you could use it for student voice.
That Citizenship stays in the National Curriculum is very important, but it needs to see that active citizenship is far more than volunteering.
See how you can help create a series of interactive videos to promote whole school student voice through participatory budgeting.
A list of tips for anyone running a meeting. Something I came up with for the co-chairs of Haringey Youth Council.
Greg and I weren’t expecting that we could see a better school council meeting than those we’d already seen in the Czech Republic, but the last school we visited on our tour was the most impressive of the lot.
Hi, I’m Cameron. Currently interning here at Involver. This is a little info about myself, Involver and what I’ll be doing here over the coming weeks.
The school council in Dobronin explain what they have done and how they work.
Some great posters on techniques used to incorrectly argue a point, and a visit from the Czech Santa Claus and his assistants.
Some tips from Brno on how to make your school council meetings effective.
A great school council meeting from Krnow in the Czech Republic with games, action and decision-making.
We’re visiting school councils right across the Czech Republic this week, we’ll be updating the blog daily to let you know how student voice works here.
Microsoft is sponsoring places on this online course for teachers.
When people say they want more competition in schools what do they really mean? Are there really schools that don’t celebrate success? Or is this just half of it?