What is it?
School Councils are democracy in action. The School Council of Moortown Primary consists of two representatives of each class, from Reception to Year 6. The Council meets frequently, at least once every half-term, to express views and make decisions.
Staff are always keen to know the views of our pupils. For example, following curriculum-themed weeks we meet with the School Council to know more about what went well – councillors tell us they enjoy mixing classes and working with children from different year groups.
Decisions have included what new library books to buy for the school library and how to improve outdoor areas around the school – the Council chose to invest in more large play equipment. The council also have the final say on what charity the school supports over the course of the year. The School Council are sometimes even involved in the recruitment of staff in school.
Representatives of the School Council are very much active citizens. Councillors have attended Leeds Youth on Health forums and curriculum conferences in the local authority. They have been involved in primary–secondary school transition projects, local business launches and health surveys. Two of our previous councillors, Bronwyn and Farhaan, have even represented the nation’s young people as part of the Children’s Commissioner’s work!
Each year, pupils at Moortown Primary elect two school councillors from each class.
Based on election speeches, they vote for the candidate who they think will represent them best.
If you want to be part of the School Council, tell your teacher when it’s close to election time and prepare your speech well.
In the meantime, make sure you let your current class councillors know your views!