Our Vision at Clee Hill Community Academy
At Clee Hill we believe that all pupils have a voice and should be involved in decisions about the school that affect them. Therefore, we have pupil representatives that take part in regular Class and School Council meetings. Through Class Council all pupils have the opportunity to raise issues, share ideas and take part in discussions that involve all of their classmates in reaching a democratic solution. Wider issues that arise at Class Council are discussed further at School Council; this ensures that as many pupil voices as possible are heard. Pupils at Clee Hill know that this is their school and their thoughts and ideas matter and will be listened to.
How Class Council is organised
Each year, 2 Class council representatives from each class (KS1 and KS2) are elected by their classmates - they are not chosen by their teachers. This is held as a secret ballot.
Throughout the week children will jot any issues, concerns, worries or ideas etc. that they wish to discuss at the class council meeting in either a Class Council book or a laminated sheet of card (individual classes will decide what they prefer as their method of recording issues to be).
Class Council meetings will be held as part of PSHE lessons and once a month representatives from each class meet at School Council. At the meeting, the Class Council representatives will raise the first item on the agenda and invite the person who wrote it to explain their point of view. They will then invite the rest of the class to discuss the matter and reach some sort of resolution.
A note of what has been decided is recorded by the Class Council representatives in their School Council book. If the resolution can be reached by adjusting something in class or by speaking to a member of staff, then it need not be taken to School Council. If the resolution is something that the class feels should be shared with School Council to allow wider discussion then a note will be made in the minutes to make this clear.
How School Council is organised
- School Council will have a Chairperson who will run the school council meetings and a secretary who will take notes of any meetings. These roles will be decided on during the first School Council meeting of the school year.
- School Council meetings will be held at least monthly (or more frequently if required).
- Class Council members should bring the School Council book to School Council and raise any relevant issues for wider discussion and whole school resolution.
- The School Council will run in a similar way addressing each issue in turn.
- The Secretary will keep minutes of the meeting. Following this, the minutes will be typed up.
Actions from Meetings
- After School Council meetings the Chairperson / lead teacher will speak with the relevant parties as to how these issues can be addressed.
- Where necessary these issues will be discussed at staff meetings.
- The Chairperson will ensure that any relevant information is fed back to the individual / class which raised the issue in the first place and where appropriate, check that they are happy with the actions taken.