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Please note that with effect from 2nd November 2012, our new address will be:

5, THE QUADRANGLE CENTRE

THE DRIFT

NACTON ROAD

IPSWICH

IP3 9QR

There is no change to the telephone and fax numbers, and no change to email addresses.

Our mission:  To help children and young people to have a greater say over matters that affect them in their school and wider lives.

The clear truth is: that the environment in which we all live is in a sorry state; that the previous generations have got us into that position; and it will fall to the present generation of young people to get us out of where we are.

In the lifetime of our children, according to the weight of evidence, we are likely to suffer climate change on a previously unknown scale. We are already experiencing the beginnings of changes in the weather. It’s official. The Met Office reports that 2011 was exceptionally windy. In April 2012 we are already in an official drought.  There are all sorts of extraordinary weather events happening globally on an unnerving scale.

We cannot simply bury our heads in the sand ostrich-style and hope that the problems will go away.  We know that we have to reverse the tide, all of us.  We know that the children ought to have a great deal to say on the subject because it is their world that we adults have messed up for them, and it is they who will have to recover the situation.

So as adults, we should show leadership in encouraging a change of culture in ourselves and unlearning old bad habits.  As young people, we should take on the world the adults are going to hand to us, determined to make the necessary changes to make the world a better place when our turn comes to have children of our own. Go Green

WHO?  We are a team of people working to help schools run effective school councils, and also to promote the general well-being of children throughout the UK.  We work within the wide area of Pupil/Student Voice, Citizenship, Young Leadership and Pupil/Student Democracy, which doesn’t just stop with School Councils, but we believe that School Councils are where it starts.

WHAT? We offer a wide range of resources to assist schools in running effective School Councils.  We also offer Training, both for the School Council members and for school staff involved with their School Council.  There are free resources available for download from this site, and more resources on sale in our online shop at www.schoolcouncilshop.org.  We also have a network of Members who benefit from discounts in the shop, a monthly Members Email and at some levels, a set of free resources each year.

WHERE?  We are based in Felixstowe on the East coast of England.  We can almost see the North Sea from our windows and can certainly eat our sandwiches on the beach at lunchtime (if the sun is shining!).  Felixstowe not only the home of SCUK, it is also the largest container port in the UK.

WHEN?  We are generally in the office from Monday-Friday, 8.30am-5.00pm.  However, our online shop is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

WHY?  Why do we do this job?  Because it’s great!  We help students understand that their opinion is of value, that their voices should be heard, and that their suggestions have merit.  We help them to learn how to communicate effectively with the adult world, and show them how to develop skills that will remain with them throughout their lives, all through the vehicle of their School Council.

School Councils UK, The Old Dairy, Victoria Street, Felixstowe, IP11 7EW

Email: davidwhiting@schoolcouncils.org

Tel:  0845 456 9428      Fax:  0845 456 9429

www.schoolcouncils.org     www.schoolcouncilshop.org