The Baden Powell School Council has been successfully running for the past seven years. The School Council consists of one boy and one girl from each class from Years 2-6. The main aim of the School Council is to give the children within our school community a ‘voice’. The School Council have a forum where they are able to discuss issues that are important to themselves and the other children within the school.
All School Council members are issued with a badge and a cap, so that they are easily identified by the other children. School Councillors are elected by children and stand in office for a year. The elections usually take place towards the end of the summer term, so that they are ready to start at the beginning of the autumn term.
The School Councillors are given two days of training which they complete with St Scholastica’s R.C Primary School. Past councillors have also been to the Hackney Town Hall where they attended a workshop facilitated by ‘Citizen’ where they were able to discuss local and national issues with members of the local government.
There are three stages to the election process. Any child who is interested in becoming a council member must put together a proposal highlighting issues they would tackle if they were to be elected. These proposals are then read out during a junior assembly and displayed in the playground.
All key stage 2 year groups have a class vote for the children that they want to represent their class. The children with the six highest votes go onto the next stage.
The ballot boxes are put in the playground for one week, and all pupils have the opportunity to vote for who they think has the most to offer the school.
The boy and girl from each year group with the highest votes are the children that go on to represent their class as School Council members.
School Council Members for 2015/16:
|To be confirmed||Jahnai Roberts-Taylor||Jafar Mohamed||Jake Smith||Sahin Keles|
|To be confirmed||Raia Gordon||Amber Hetherington||Hana Mohamad-Shakir||Jadah Griffiths|
Roles and Responsibilities
The School Council meet every week to discuss issues and give feedback on things that have been raised at the class council meeting. Once an outcome has been agreed the School Council feedback to their class. This ensures two way communication between pupils and the Senior Management Team. The minutes of the meetings are readily available to stakeholders within the school; this ensures that those within the school community are informed on decisions made by the council.
Once each term the School Councillors have the opportunity to meet with the school governors to discuss any issues, and ideas that they might have regarding the well being of the children.
As a school community we pride ourselves on high standards of teaching and learning, and because of this School Council members take an active role in the interview process. Council members devise their own questions, and these are put to prospective candidates.