At Houghton Primary, we recognise that each child has a unique perspective on what it is like to be a pupil at our school. We are committed to listening to the views, wishes and experiences of all our pupils and value what they tell us. By involving them in decision making, we hope to bring about meaningful change and to facilitate within our young people a sense of empowerment and inclusion.
We run a proactive School Council which enables the thoughts and opinions of all pupils to be valued, listened to, considered and acted upon. Our School Council also gives all pupils the opportunity to take part in democratic processes and the chance to lead and speak in formal situations.
Our School Council is comprised of two representatives from each KS1 and KS2 class, who have been elected by their peers to represent them. These representatives are changed termly to allow more pupils the opportunity to be involved.
The full School Council meets every fortnight to discuss an area taken from The School Development Plan. The representatives then spend the following week collecting the opinions and ideas of their classmates in the issue before feeding back to the full council. Once collated, the pupil’s voice is given to the School Leadership Team where it is acted upon appropriately.
The Young Leaders display board is used to showcase the work of the School Council within school and parents are informed of their work within the school newsletter.
We are very proud of our School Council and of all the leadership opportunities which we provide for all our pupils at Houghton Primary.
Meet our School Council
School Council News
Week beginning 31st October 2022
After preparing their speeches over half-term, pupils spoke to their classes and explained why they should be elected.
When the votes were all counted, the class representatives for each class were announced during our Friday assembly.
Wednesday 9th November 2022
We held our first School Council Meeting today and our new reps learnt more about the role they have within the school.
Next week our reps will be asking their classes the following questions:
What do you like about school dinners?
What would you like to change about school dinners?
They will report back on their findings during our next meeting which is scheduled for Wednesday 23rd Nov at 10am.
Our first meeting
Wednesday 23rd November 2022
This week, the School Council met to share the feedback they had gathered from their classes regarding school dinners. After meeting as a group, we then met with Linzi, our school cook, to tell her how much we enjoyed her cooking and to share some of our ideas. We had a great meeting and learnt lots about the guidelines she has to follow. After feeding back that the children would like to try a greater range of fruit and vegetables, she has given them the task of finding out what different seasonal produce they would like to try. She is also going to hold more theme days as these were very popular.
Wednesday 7th December 2022
Wednesday 11th January 2023
At our School Council Meeting this week, the class representatives looked through all the ideas the children had suggested for the new school logo. There were lots of great ideas with a few recurring themes. The council have selected their favourites and these will be shared with staff.
Our next meeting is Wednesday 18th January 2023
Houghton Primary School
Chapel Lane, Houghton,
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