It involves ALL of your pupils in developing skills

It directly addresses Ofsted requirements on British Values, SMSC & Prevent

It tracks data on involvement and impact

And it's easier to run than your current school council

What do teachers say?

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.

Tracie Thompson

Hillview Primary School

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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.

Jess Barnecutt

Oaklands Secondary School

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The Smart School Council model involves all pupils
in your primary or secondary school

It has three elements

Class Meetings

  • Short, regular, structured and student-led
  • Tracks which classes/forms have completed their meeting
  • No paper is involved

Communication Team

  • Brings the whole model together
  • Facilitates wide involvement
  • Students track progress and impact

Action Teams

  • Set up around student interests
  • Give all students the chance to lead
  • Run with minimal staff involvement

The Smart School Council model helps you to put British Values learning 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"

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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.”

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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."

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Department for Education (DfE)
The Prevent Duty

What's the impact?

Over 350 primary, secondary and special schools have joined the Smart School Councils programme.
94% would recommend it to other schools.

Average percentage of pupils involved in a traditional school council


Average percentage of pupils involved in Smart School Council after 3 months

100 %

Percentage of pupils involved in many Smart School Councils after 3 months 

How can your school adopt the model?

There are two ways for you to adopt the Smart School Council model

1. Get Premium Membership

Join Now

Premium Membership gives you everything you need to set up a Smart School Council. You'll get access to our Manual and all the tools, resources and support you need to involve all of your pupils.


2. Attend a CPD Masterclass

Premium Membership included

Masterclass CPD

Kick off your Smart School Council by attending our Smart School Council CPD Masterclass. It'll give you lots of ideas for improving pupil voice and introduce you to the model.


What does Premium Membership include? 

One year's access

To the Smart School Council Manual. 

Class Meeting Tool

The Class Meeting Tool makes it easy to engage everyone in class or tutor meetings without any paper! 

Ongoing support

If you've got a question or need some help, school council experts will give you a hand. 

Step by step guide

All the resources, session plans and powerpoints you need to implement. 

Export data

Use the data from the Smart School Council Audit and Class Meeting Tool to prove  involvement in British Values/SMSC. 


Premium Members can apply for the Smart School Councils Accreditation programme. 

Outstanding CPD

If you'd like some CPD to kick off your Smart School Council Model, we run a Masterclass in schools across England. Coming along to the course includes premium membership, and 100% of previous participants would recommend it to a colleague.

"The Smart School Council Masterclass was exactly what I was looking for – a course to give me resources, tips and ideas for improving my school council. I  found the Masterclass to be enjoyable and thought provoking."

Kiran Grigg, Little Ealing Primary School

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Contact us

Smart School Councils (charity number 1156110)
Bernie Grant Arts Centre
Enterprise Building - Unit 12
London N15 4RX

020 3642 8992


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