School Council is an opportunity for children to have a 'pupil voice'. It promotes children's right to express an opinion and be included in decisions that involve and affect them.
Miss Wilson supports the Chair of school council to run each meeting.
Children decide at the beginning of the year, if they would like to be part of the School Council and attend regular meetings. The class then votes for who they would like to be their class representative. Year 6 have further responsibilities; Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary roles and responsibilities.
School Council members help to find and make improvements to the school environment, develop whole-school polices, decide which charities Upperby Primary School will support and plan and carry out fundraising events..
Each member has a class minutes book where they take notes and share the content of each meeting with the rest of their class. Teachers make sure that this time is given value and importance.
There are many benefits of having an active School Council. We hope our School Council helps to improve relationships between staff and pupils, and pupils and pupils. We aim to promote a more inclusive school where everyone is encouraged and supported to contribute, positive behaviour and working together for the benefit of Upperby Primary School and all of its pupils and an increased opportunity to develop personal, social and communication skills needed for adulthood.
All schools must promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
What are British Values?
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meet to discuss issues raised in class or by members of staff.
The Rule of Law
Children have the opportunity to learn about the importance of Laws. We have laws and rules to follow everywhere - school, country, Rules are consistently reinforced throughout the school day in class, at playtime and in assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
Children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our PSHE lessons.
Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
At Upperby Primary School we positively promote diversity. Our PSHE curriculum supports and enhances Diversity education and assemblies often address diversity through story and celebration. Our RE curriculum reinforces acceptance and understanding of different faiths and religions positively.