What happens during and after a pupil council meeting?
During the pupil council meeting important issues are discussed, ideas shared and action points decided. The aim is for the discussions to be orderly and fair, with everyone having an equal opportunity to talk or be listened to. It's up to the Chairperson to make sure that councillors show respect for each other.
What happens after the meeting?
After the meeting representatives report back to their class while things are still fresh in their minds - this helps every pupil to feel involved. A school suggestion box is used to gather ideas, which can be discussed at the next meeting.
What are the benefits of a pupil council?
The pupil council involves the pupils in decisions that affect pupils, their class and the school. It keeps them informed about the life of the school and helps them to gain the confidence to have their say. It also can help the pupils to feel good about their place in the school community by giving them responsibilities and encouraging them to be an active citizen. The advantage is that it gets exciting issues moving and can deal quickly with issues that trouble them.