Roach Vale Primary School

Roach Vale, Colchester, Essex CO4 3YN

01206 861324

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School Council and Eco Council

 

                                                 

Our School Council and Eco Council

 

What is a School Council/ Eco Council?

Roach Vale Primary School has a School Council and an Eco Council which provides a forum for pupil voice.  The two councils meet on a fortnightly basis.  

 

The School Council and Eco Council is all about:

  • Learning to work together
  • Learning about democracy
  • Learning how to play a positive role in our community

 

How do you get elected?

Each class across the school elects two pupils to be on the School Council and two pupils to be on the Eco Council.  School Council and Eco Council members are elected annually by the other children in their class.  In order to be considered for election, pupils have to present to their class and explain why they think they would be a good representative for their classmates. 

 

What do the School Council/ Eco Council do?

The pupils act as representatives for their classmates and discuss school issues with Mrs Cummins and Mrs Bird on a Friday during assembly time.  The two councils help to make decisions about how the school is run and take on projects that support pupil’s learning and development, such as organising charity events, representing the school at outside events or ensuring the school is environmentally friendly.

Members of the school council are responsible for carrying out the ideas that have been agreed upon. 

 

The School Council and Eco Council’s job is to involve everyone, not do everything.  It needs to get everyone:

  • Finding things they want to change
  • Coming up with ways to make them better
  • Putting those ideas into action
  • Seeing what works (evaluating)

 

Class Councils

The School Council and Eco Council representatives report back to their classes after each meeting. 

 

During a class council meeting all pupils have the opportunity to raise issues, share ideas and take part in discussions that involve all of their classmates.  The class then vote for two important things to take to the school council to be discussed.  This ensures that as many pupil voices as possible are heard. 

 

What will staff do for the School Council?

Mrs Cummins, Mrs Bird and all school staff will make sure that meetings happen when they are supported to.  Staff will also support pupils to run meetings and the Headteacher will answer all of the school council questions within one week.