HOW DRUMBEAT SCHOOL COUNCILS ENHANCE LEARNING FOR PUPILS
There are School Councils at Drumbeat Downham and Drumbeat Brockley.
Secondary School Council representatives (reps) are elected by their class. The 3 Primary reps are elected by teachers and HOD. Sometimes reps change between terms, but most reps are usually given the opportunity to serve on School Council for the year.
School Councils meet every 2 weeks
Meetings are conducted formally. Pupils are given the opportunity to chair meetings, write minutes and present topics/issues or raise points from their class or other pupils.
Pupils are encouraged to follow up on meetings by feeding back to classes and taking on responsibility for action agreed at meetings.
Students see an important function of the School Council as an agent of change within the school. Currently the DHT feeds back to SLT and Governors. We are looking at pupils themselves feeding back as the obvious next step to the democratic process.
Christine Hannan (SaLT) has SCERTS assessed the 6th Form Council to identify communication development opportunities.