Used in 360 schools, Smart School Council has three elements:
Class Meetings that use our Class Meeting Tool to easily involve all in developing oracy, confidence and leadership skills.
Action Teams that give opportunities for pupils to get involved in social action.
Communication Team is a group of pupils that runs the Smart School Council for you!
How does it work?
Using our Manual and easy to use tools, schools can easily involve every pupil. For example, the Class Meeting Tool helps you to run short, regular and pupil-led meeting in every class or form. There's no preparation or paper involved for the classes. It's really easy!
Our 360 member schools across the UK enjoy these benefits:
Making it easy to put British Values into action
"[E]nsure that all pupils within the school have a voice that is listened to, and demonstrate how democracy works by actively promoting democratic processes such as a school council"
Department for Education (DfE)
Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools
Inspectors will consider "acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy ... they develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.”
School Inspection Handbook
The Government's Prevent Duty guidance recommends "building pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by: ... helping them to understand how they can influence and participate in decision-making."
"This model has really transformed our school council and we are really starting to see how well it is working within our school and how helpful it is in giving all the children a voice and all the children the opportunity to implement change/move forward with their ideas"
Hillview Primary, Gloucester
"The Smart School Council Model appealed to me because I liked the idea of developing the skills of all of our students and helping them to be empowered"
Oaklands Secondary School, London
"It has raised the whole profile of what democracy is - It also links in very well to our British values agenda. The weekly class meetings have become a real focus of the week and children are genuinely excited to hear the results each week"