What is School Council? School Council provides a unique opportunity for pupils at William Tyndale to have a voice in the decisions about their school community and learning environment. Children from each class are selected or nominated to represent their class for School Council. During School Council an agenda is set for each session, created by the children and Corinne Valentine (Learning Mentor and PHSE Coordinator). For each meeting a chair and secretary are chosen to lead the meetings with Corinne’s support.
How are the children’s voices heard? School information is passed on to the Head Teacher and members of the governing body, who sometimes attend the meeting to enable children to ask pressing questions. Minutes of the meeting are sent to each class teacher who discusses them with the whole class. We have also invited outside agents to school council by the request of the pupils or Corinne, to support some of the issues which children at William Tyndale are interested in.
Pupil voices are also heard in the borough of Islington at Pupil Parliament. Pupil Parliament is held once or twice a term at Islington's Town Hall, where three children from every secondary and primary school attend to share their ideas. At William Tyndale the three children are selected from School Council.
Main concerns which have arisen during the School Council meetings:
Interest and concerns over the past few years have been:
School dinners: now that the school has a newly built kitchen, where fresh food is cooked everyday, more children have chosen to have a warm and healthy meal. This was a very big campaign which involved the whole school community and School Council.
Toilets: we have changed the décor in the toilets and we have had total refurbishments carried out throughout.
The children at William Tyndale have seen changes regarding some of their concerns. They feel empowered and valued because they have been taken seriously.