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.
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A template that gives your class representatives the confidence to feedback to their class and a structure for bringing in new ideas and opinions.
Westfield tells us about the importance of regular and inclusive class councils, driving the influential school council. As school council case studies go, it’s a good one!
A few ideas on ways you can liven up your school council meetings (or any other meetings) and ensure that everyone gets a say.
As the new school year starts you might be thinking about how to give student voice in your school the kick up the bum is desperately needs. Last year’s school council was a bit of a washout, wasn’t it? There was a lot of moaning, a fair bit of grumbling, that one idea that didn’t quite come off and then a whole load of prevarication.
If only the kids on the school council weren’t that negative, feckless bunch. It would all have been different if you’d had the school’s elite, the committed, quick-witted, leaders of the student body driving things forward.
So how do we get them involved?
Questions school council interview panels might ask and some advice and guidance on how to deal with them.
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?
6 short videos to help school councils and other student voice groups through all the stages of planning, carrying out and evaluating a project.
Can your school council noticeboard actually help drive change? Here’s a simple idea for what you could do with that space that would actually make your school council more effective.
A free little pocket guide for school council reps, year council reps, and class reps, in fact anyone who represents others as part of student voice.
Why do we set up youth councils as boring meetings? Is there a better way to do it? This is my experience trying a youth-led approach.
What’s your school council really about? How do you measure its success? Is it by what it changes or how well it represents all pupils’ views?
A friend asked for help writing a student voice policy at her school. My answer was 5 quick suggestions on how to create one. They’re all here.
Lots of schools are beginning to think about training their school council, or student voice groups, for next academic year.
If you want to make your student voice READY, then get in touch! You can read more about our training here.
Solutions to a number of common school council problems including giving feedback, support from colleagues and meetings that have gone flat.
Great ideas for school council projects and ways in which student voice is being used in schools across the UK.
How do you prove your school’s listening ethos?
Can you measure your school’s ethos?
Changing how you run your finances might be the answer.
Pupil interview panels make a huge statement about your school and have all kinds of benefits for staff and students. Rather than banning them as the NASUWT wants to, we suggest here how to do them well.
A session from training I ran at the Albion High School in Salford on how to create a communication plan that will get more people involved with your school council.