Why should we have a student council?
The best decisions are made in schools if everyone who will be affected by those decisions is involved in making them in some way. The purpose of schools is to educate students, so students are the most important group who will be affected by any decisions which are made there. Students often have ideas that others (such as teachers, parents, administration etc.) wouldn’t think of so if they are more involved in making decisions, better decisions for students will be made.
What can a student council do?
Student Councils usually work in four main ways:
Ask: student councils can approach others in the school or, propose changes or improvements, and request that others take action.
Act: student councils take action themselves on student concerns (but usually check and obtain permission to do so) or support other groups of students to take action.
Share: student councils work together in partnership with others (teachers, parents, administrators) to make joint decisions and take combined actions.
Highlight: student councils also raise awareness about student needs and concerns as a step towards either taking action or asking others to act.
How should a student council work?
Every class should democratically elect a class rep to sit on the student council.
- There should be a liaison teacher who supports and advises the student council but doesn’t have a vote.
- The student council should have a Chairperson to lead the meetings, a secretary to take minutes of meetings, and a treasurer to look after any financial matters.
- Class reps should bring issues which their classses have to student council meetings, and inform their class of any decisions made.
- The student council should represent the students to any school authorities.