Welcome to our School Council.
“Being a school councillor is fun and interesting. We help to make decisions which make our school a more exciting and enjoyable place to learn.”
At Tanfield Lea Community Primary School, the School Council is made up of elected children from Y2 to Y6. The councillors are good role models who are interested representing the student voice and views.
The group meet weekly sort out problems and discuss themes such as Charity fundraising events, playtime activities, healthy meals and OPAL.
On a termly basis, our school council collaborates with SNAG representatives (School Nutritional Action Group) from Taylor Shaw (School meal caterers) to discuss healthy diets, ensure the school meals offer variety and good nutrition and to improve the quality of lunchtimes. They have also taste tested a variety of foods in order to implement changes to weekly menus.
They have worked with our Head Teacher to discuss the ethos of the school and have been involved in some interviews for new members of staff.
The School Council are the driving force behind our charity fundraising events, generating initial interest, devising promotional posters and developing innovative themes to inspire their peers. Global, National and local charities such as Children In Need, Help for Heroes and Dementia charities have benefited from monies raised.
They are also the driving force behind the annual litter pick which takes place in and around Tanfield Lea. Here the councillors work with Durham County Council’s Big Spring Clean Action Group to remove litter from the streets and woods so improving their local community and developing civic pride.
Our councillors demonstrate good communicate skills. They develop ideas and cascade opinions back and forth between the school council group and their classmates, ensuring that the student voice from within the school community is heard and valued.
Members of School Council find meetings interesting and fun; they are able to share ideas, they widen friendship groups and enhance their communication skills. Most importantly as a school councillor, they get the chance to participate and contribute in decision making which improves school life for everyone.