There are 30 members of the School Council at Tunbury School. One girl and one boy representative is elected by the class, from Years 2 to 6. We meet after school on a termly basis, to discuss any issues arising. The role of the School Council is to bring their class’ voice to the meetings and form decisions based on what is discussed, followed by feeding back to their class after each meeting.
To date, some of the decisions the School Council has been involved in are: changes to seating arrangements at lunch time, the refurbishment of our Year 3 Toilets and they have chosen equipment to send to deprived countries, using our collection of Sainsburys Active Schools vouchers.
Along with this, the School Council have visited the Houses of Parliament and received talks from Magistrates, enabling them to make comparisons to their role and the role of groups and individuals in the wider society. They have also managed a budget in an apprentice-type project, which involved making products to sell, at a profit, at the school’s summer fair.
We have recently created a page on our learning platform, The Kent Learning Zone, which furthers the participation of the children’s voice in whole school decisions, through a discussion board. We also display announcements of our news, along with copies of the minutes and agendas from each meeting.