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Article 12 ambassadors (school council)

Article 12 Ambassadors (School Council)

"Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously." Article 12 - United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Our School Council represents the views of all our pupils. It gives children the opportunity to make their voices heard and feel part of the whole school community.

Grafton Primary School has a School Council made up of pupils (Article 12 Ambassadors) from Years 1 to 6. One representative from each class is elected by their peers. Before the elections, children are asked to give a presentation to their class, as to why they would make a good school council representative and then a secret ballot takes place.

The School Council is an important part of the school as it gives the children a voice in matters affecting them and is part of our work as a Rights Respecting School. It teaches children about democracy, active citizenship and their right to express their opinions. 

The School Council meets every week to discuss their views on school improvement issues. The Article 12 Ambassadors are responsible for seeking the views of their peers and ensuring these views are shared at meetings. There is a suggestions box in each Year Group so that all children can communicate their ideas to the School Council. 

School Council Job Description

Attend the weekly meeting
Write a termly report to the governing body and meet them regularly to tell them your school improvement ideas
Check the suggestion boxes and bring ideas to meetings
Regularly meet with other Ambassadors to find out what they are all doing
Run a fundraising stall at the main school events each term
Give suggestions to the Events Team and decide which charities you want to support
Carry out voluntary duties such as helping with charity work and with whole school events (e.g. Parliament Week)
Talk in assemblies about the work you have done and teach other pupils about British Values (especially democracy)
Provide feedback to the Headteacher about the quality of learning
Discuss pupil voice surveys and create an action plan to address key issues
Visit the Houses of Parliament and share this experience during an assembly
Review school policies
Make sure the views of children in Nursery and Reception are taken into account