Why have a School Council?

Why have a School Council?

 

There are lots of reasons! Some of them being:

 

  • 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.

 
  • A school council can provide a meaningful way in which pupils can voice their opinions and have their views taken into account in decisions which impact upon them.

 
  • Experience from schools here and further afield shows that a school council that is supported and nurtured helps to improve many aspects of school life.

 
  • It is an important and useful way for schools to provide leadership and development opportunities for their pupils.  

 
  • Within the school curriculum, one of the key areas making up the ‘Learning for Life and Work’ theme is active participation.  

 
  • The curriculum requires that young people are provided with opportunities to participate in school and society.

 
  • School councils are an excellent way in which to increase participation, teaching young people about democracy, local and global citizenship and accountability.