Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) says that children and young people should have a say in decisions that affect their lives. We believe that our school council should provide a meaningful way in which pupils can voice their opinions, have their views taken into account in decisions which impact upon them and help improve some aspects of school life. It is also an important and useful way to help them develop leadership opportunities.
The curriculum requires that young people are provided with opportunities to participate in school and society. Our school council is an excellent way in which we intend to increase their participation, teaching them about democracy, local and global citizenship and accountability.
Our school council meets twice a term and is currently helping the school leadership team review the Behaviour Policy and consider additional play equipment that could be purchased for the playground.