At Longlands we want pupils to have a say in what happens in our school, so we can all work together to make it a safe and happy place to learn.
In September each class elects two representatives to the School Council. This year Owen Patterson, MP for North Shropshire, visited to help prospective candidates to prepare their speeches. The School Council then meets regularly throughout the year to discuss ideas about how to make our school the best it can be. Mrs Collins, SMSC and BV Co-Ordinator, leads School Council sessions.
Before School Council meetings classes have Class Council meetings where pupils decide what things they want to bring to the attention of the school councillors. After School Council meetings, members go back to their classes and discuss ideas from the meetings and listen to opinions.
School and Class Council meetings offer opportunities for pupils to have a real ‘voice’ and a greater sense of ownership of their school.
The School Council at Longlands has made a real difference by;
- Helping plan playground features
- Surveying pupils about reading preferences before book purchases
- Planning charitable giving events
- Surveying pupils about preferences for playground equipment
- Identifying areas of the school building that need building improvement.
Having a School Council enables pupils to experience how a democratic society works and the part they can play in improving the environment in which they live.
"I like being a School Councillor. I like talking. Being a Councillor has made me more confident."
Year 3 Pupil