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Our school council includes every child at Deanesfield from Reception to Year 6. Every child in Year 6 is allocated another class in the school which they go to to lead a school council meeting once a fortnight. Staff are also at the meetings to make sure they run smoothly. Staff can also make suggestions to help improve our school.

 

Some of the school council's major successes have been:

 

  • End of year celebration trips to places like Legoland, Whipsnade, Coral Reef, Chessington and The Making of Harry Potter;
  • Removal of playground walls and fences to open up the space to play;
  • Building of more flower beds to make our playgrounds nicer to look at;
  • After-school clubs for Years 1 and 2;
  • More clubs for Years 3, 4, 5 and 6;
  • Book swap and inviting the headteachers of Queensmead and Ruislip High schools to read to us during book week.

 

School council discussions often focus on aspects of teaching and learning such as how to make lessons more effective and how children can accelerate their rate of learning through things like self-evaluation and peer assessment. The children's suggestions are used by staff during staff meetings to improve their teaching.

 

The structure of our school council meetings includes:

 

  1. a warm up game - to get everyone in the mood to contribute and say what they think;
  2. an update - to share what has happened since the last meeting;
  3. a discussion topic - which will lead to some action to improve, change or develop something at school;
  4. a summary session - where the main points of the discussion are reviewed and two or three action points are written down.

 

Following the class meetings, Year 6 feedback to their teachers and use all the suggestions from each class to decide what to do next. The Year 6 teachers then share this will all the staff so that everyone works together to make things better.

 

 

Being a School Mentor

 

The children in Year 6 hold important positions of responsibility in our school in different areas: Teaching and Learning, Arts, School Council and Outdoors. Here are their own reports about what it is like to be one of these mentors.

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