Uphall School Council

What is a School Councillor?

Councillors are elected by their class to represent them and their views at a School Council meeting.

They act as a link between their class and other groups e.g. school council or other committees.

Councillors have to be willing and able to put forward other people’s views even if the disagree with them.

What kind of person makes a good School Councillor?

Good listener – everyone in the class has to feel comfortable talking to you.

Organised – it will be your responsibility to make sure meetings happen in your class on a regular basis.

Assertive – the opinions of your class are just as important as everyone else’s.

Efficient – class discussions must cover a lot of issues in a short space of time.

Fair- everyone has the right to express a point of view.

Good communicator – you need to be able to work with staff and students from across the school.

Pro-active – you need to ensure that you record issues, you report back, and if you have been given a task, you need to ensure that it is carried out.

Unbiased - a representative has to put forward issues regardless of their own point of view. (E.g. if you think it is trivial, if you disagree, if you think your issues are more important, or if you do not get on with the person suggesting them).

Committed – you can’t take on the role and then decide that you don’t want to do it anymore because it takes too much time or people want your attention. This role lasts one year. Before you agree to stand for election you must understand fully the commitment you are making.