The role of the School Council is to build children’s confidence and self-esteem as representatives of not only their class, but also the school. By taking a lead in the decision making children develop their ability to take responsibility and lead others. In addition, it develops the children’s capacity to listen and work collaboratively with children as well as adults. Finally, it provides a sense of belonging for the children as they feel they have some influence over their surroundings.
The School Council is elected at the start of the Autumn term each year, with a representative from every class from Years 1-6. You can only be elected to the role once, which ensures that as many children as possible get their opportunity throughout their time at Barton. It introduces the students to the process of elections as the candidates have to prepare a speech to explain why they should be chosen, whilst the rest of the children have to decide who to vote for.
In the past the School Council have led the development of ICT, helped the school to become more environmentally friendly, and have recently helped with the appointment of our new Deputy Headteacher.