Involving every pupil's voice
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An innovative, inclusive and easy way to involve all pupils

 
 

Smart School Councils have three core elements - a Communication Team, Class Meetings and Action Teams.

Communication Team

A small group of pupils who help to run the Smart School Council and get everyone involved. We encourage schools to turn their existing school council into this group.

Each pupil has a specific role which helps the Communication Team to run.

Class Meetings

Class Meetings are short, pupil-led meetings held in every class or form. They should take about 5-10 minutes and are pupils leading the meeting are guided the Class Meeting Tool. The class teacher should sit back and support, rather than leading.

This tool goes on the projector and guides two pupils through the process of running the meeting. Each meeting is based around a single question that small groups in each class discuss and try and agree on answer.

Votes are entered into the tool for the Communication Team to check.

Action Teams

Action Teams are the real stars of Smart School Councils. These are small groups, clubs or teams who get together to share an interest, organise an event or try and improve something about the school.

Action Teams open up opportunities to any pupil that cares enough to put some effort in. We support schools to organise these in a manageable way.

 

96%

of teachers would recommend smart school councils

360

schools on the programme

 

40,000

pupils involved in class meetings every month

100%

of teachers would recommend Cpd to a colleague

 
 
It has raised the whole profile of what democracy is and links 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
— Mandy Jarvis - Dovelands Primary, Leicester
Students are learning to take responsibility for their own learning, and also leading learning in their classes. They’re also becoming a lot more independent
— Mathew Rogers, Assistant Head - Burnage Academy for Boys
 

How do schools set up their Smart School Council?

 
 

We’ve created a Manual with really clear step-by-step guide for schools to set up their Smart School Council.

Manual

The Manual breaks down the process into clear steps. Each step has all the resources you need - we’ve tried to do as much of the work for you as possible.

For example, step 2 is to brief your staff. We’ve created all the resources that you need to do this, whether you can get two minutes in a staff briefing, or 15 or 30 minutes as part of a staff briefing.

Support

Member schools can access support from our school council experts who are always on hand to troubleshoot issues and share successes.

What do you do with your existing school council?

We’ll help you turn them into a Communication Team - the group that will help to run the model and get others involved.

Every member of the Communication Team will have a specific role and over time take the pressure off the lead teacher. It’s a slight change in focus that will benefit others who want to get involved.

Training

Schools can access optional training if they’d like to start their journey with CPD. This also gives schools a good network of colleagues to share ideas and challenges with.

 

Schools on the programme

 
 

What does it look like in a school?

Here’s two case studies from two of our fantastic member schools.

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primary Case study: Richard Alibon Primary, Barking and dagenham

Richard Alibon Primary School tell us about their fantastic Smart School Council. See how they’re engaging all, and learn about their effective Communication Team by clicking below.

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Secondary case study: burngage academy for boys, Manchester

Burnage Academy for Boys show how they’re getting every pupil engaged in democracy through their Smart School Council. Click below to find out more.

What do schools on the programme actually get?

 

Manual

Your step by step guide to adopting the model. This gives you all the resources that you need to get staff on board, turn your school council into a Communication Team and to support pupils.

Class Meeting Tool

You will access the Class Meeting Tool to set up regular meetings across your school. This easy to use tool will allow you to track involvement without any paper involved - it modernises and improves the traditional school council approach.

Support

Your school will receive support from our school council experts. If you need any help with the tool or you are stuck on a particular step in the manual, we will support you with ideas and resources that have been tried and tested in other school. We usually help out within the same working day.

Free member network events

We hold free member network events (with tea and biscuits) to share ideas and provide tips on your Smart School Council.

Evidence for Ofsted

If your school is in England, this is relevant to you. As you adopt the intervention, you will collect data on involvement through your Class Meeting Tool. This can be easily collated to prove to Ofsted how your school is directly addressing Ofsted’s British Values and involving all pupils in democracy.

Closed Facebook Group

Teachers and members of staff on the programme can access our Closed Facebook Group. It’s a great way to share challenges and successes with other schools who can give you a helping hand.

Member newsletter

We’ll keep you updated with the latest resources, improvements and news from other schools as part of our popular monthly newsletter.

Discounted training

Schools on the programme can benefit from student or CPD training for a reduced rate.

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How much does the programme cost?

 

Smart School Councils is a charity and the membership fee covers the costs of supporting our amazing member schools. As a small teacher-led charity, we do not make a profit.

In line with how schools are funded, costs of this whole-school programme are based on the number of pupils in your school.

To join and get quick access to our step-by-step guides, amazing class meeting tool and expert support, click the join link below.

Our guarantee

If you’re not satisfied with membership of Smart School Councils, we’ll give you a full refund.

Independent/International schools

Membership fee for first year:

  • Less than 100 pupils: £200

  • 100-249 pupils: £350

  • 250-499 pupils: £500

  • 500-999 pupils: £650

  • More than 1,000 pupils: £850

Membership renewal (annual fee): £299

State schools

Membership fee for first year:

  • Less than 100 pupils: £100

  • 100-249 pupils: £175

  • 250-499 pupils: £250

  • 500-999 pupils: £400

  • More than 1,000 pupils: £500

Membership renewal (annual fee): £199

 

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