At the heart of the student council movement is the belief that students have a voice and providing the space for the expression of and listening to these views is essential to enhancing and promoting the aims and objectives of the school.
What is a Student Council?
A Student Council is “a representative structure through which students can become involved in the affairs of their school, working in partnership with school management and staff and parents for the benefit of the school and its students.
Why have a Student Council?
- A Student Council provides an opportunity for students to engage in a structured partnership with lecturers, parents and school management in the operation of their school;
- Student Councils have been found to mprove academic standards and reduce dropout rates in schools as well as create a sense of ownership of the school and its activities among the student population;
- It is a valuable part of the education process for the students by giving them an opportunity to acquire the sort of communication, planning and organisational skills which will be of benefit to them in their future lives;
- The establishment of a Student Council enables students to take responsibility for and manage projects to successful conclusion.
- The Student Council influences school policy which are far more likely to be successful where they are clearly understood and accepted by all partners within the school community.
The Role of the Student Council
A Student Council will set its own objectives, which will vary from school to school. Some general objectives could include:
- to enhance communication between students, management and staff,
- to promote an environment conducive to educational and personal development,
- to promote friendship and respect among students,
- to support the management and staff in the development of the school,
- to represent the views of the students on matters of general concern to them.