During the bustle of the working school day there are hundreds of thoughts competing for your attention.
Well, let us help you with one of those and give you some thoughts on how you can improve your school council to involve more students and make it easier to run. You’re welcome!
Don’t rush straight into an election!
Don’t rush straight into your school council election; candidates might not know what they’re applying for, turnout might be low, and you will have missed a really good opportunity to improve your school council and engage more pupils.
So pause for a moment and consider the following questions!
Consider what your school wants pupils to learn by having a school council
This is a really useful starting point.
Why do you have a school council? What do you want your pupils to learn by having a school council in your primary or secondary school?
Take a moment to think about this. Think about the skills, values or experiences you’d like students to get out of having a school council in your school. It’s likely that you’re thinking of skills or values that you think of important, rather than issues of school improvement e.g ‘changing the behaviour policy’ or ‘improving school food’.
You might be thinking of answers like:
- Empowerment and ability to make a change
- Developing confidence and assertiveness
- Taking responsibility
- Making their voice heard
- Learning about democracy