At New York Primary School, pupils have a voice. The views of all our children are important and our annual, democratically elected School Council gives them the opportunity to have their voices heard and make a positive impact on the learning and experiences at our school.
The process begins with councillor nominations where pupils are proposed by their peers or self nominate. Each year on Election Day those prospective councillors prepare and deliver a short speech to their class peers, outlining their aims and why they would make an excellent school council member. Each New Yorker exercises their democratic choice by completing a voting slip to select their school councillor.
Our school council meets regularly throughout each term to discuss ideas and suggestions that have been brought to councillors or members of staff by other pupils in school.
This year we are working with Carrie to make changes to the Trim Trail on the KS2 yard.
We have had an assembly to share with the rest of school on what we have been discussing in our meetings. We also gave the children an opportunity to voice their opinion on what they would like to be discussed in the next meeting.
Each School Council meeting is minuted and school councillors report back to their peers in class to raise whole school awareness of the discussions and take feedback and suggestions.