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We are very pleased to let you know that we have now sorted out the gremlins in the system regarding our online shop domain name.

www.schoolcouncilshop.org

is now back up and running as usual.  No need to use the .info link any more! Phew!

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If you are a regular visitor to this website, you will have noticed a few changes taking place.  I hope you find it as exciting as we do!

We’ve been taking advice and receiving training from a great organisation called YoungVoice.

YoungVoice is a social enterprise working with young people.  For every “paid for” website, they are able to let two young people set up their own websites for free.  Maybe the young person is undergoing treatment for a major illness, perhaps they need to blog about something major in their life, or even just need to reach out and improve their communication.  This system gives them the chance to do this via their own WordPress website.

So, if you need a simple to use website, do consider contacting YoungVoice! And watch this space as we continue to update and improve our own site with their help.

One of our Trainers, Bob Windsor, who is based in Cheshire, will be offering schools the chance to benefit from his experience.  We are in the process of setting up a ONE DAY SCHOOL COUNCIL SURGERY at an easy to reach venue in the HALTON DISTRICT.

Each school can book a 30 minute 1-2-1 slot with Bob, for just £20 plus VAT. 

This is a really great chance for Link Teachers to bring along their School Council Chair and Vice Chair and ask specific questions relevant to their own Council.  There will be light refreshments available all day, so if you want to arrive early, or stay for a while afterwards, you can connect and network with other School Councils.

If you would like to register your interest in booking a slot, please email me as soon as possible, as we expect this to be a very popular day!  davidwhiting@schoolcouncils.org

 

 

Thank you if you have signed ERIC’s Bog Standard petition to improve school toilets. Comments on the petition reaffirm that dirty and poorly maintained toilets are a problem for children across the country. We have received 845 signatures so far and we’re still going strong, please keep passing the petition to your friends and help us reach our target. http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/bogstandard

 We must act now to show we will not stand for children forced to use disgusting, smelly and unhygienic school toilets lacking toilet paper and soap and with no minimum standards. While adults have staff toilets governed by regulations.

 On 28th February 2012, ERIC will be going to central London to campaign against the government’s proposed changes to school toilet legislation. Please join us.

 If you have an hour to spare mid morning on 28th February in London, please come and support the campaign. For more information, please email Natasha@eric.org.ukwe need as many people as possible!

 We need to raise £500 to cover the cost of the campaign. If you are unable to attend but would like to support us, please donate £3 (or whatever you can) by texting LOOS12 £3 70070 or visit http://www.eric.org.uk/GetInvolved/donate_online  

 A further update…

 The Government has proposed scrapping the specific provisions on toilets in the School Premises Regulations. This would mean no substantive regulation for pupils, whose facilities would not have to meet consistent and clearly defined standards.

 The Workplace Regulations (1992) ensure that toilet and water facilities used by staff in schools meet proper standards, but they do not cover facilities used by pupils. Pupils have to make do with stipulations in the School Premises Regulations (1999), which fall well short of the same standards.

 ERIC and the PCF (Paediatric Continence Forum) have submitted formal responses to the regulations’ consultation (over 80 responses were received in total) and over the next few weeks, ministers will consider these responses and decide how to alter the regulations.

 Some progress has been made with 27 MPs backing a motion tabled by Valerie Vaz MP calling for the Government to rethink their plans. Meetings with the Department for Education are ongoing and a number of parliamentarians have raised the issue with Michael Gove and Andrew Lansley. ERIC and the PCF will continue to meet MPs and peers to raise the profile of this issue further.

 It would be great to see you in London on 28th February! Thank you for your support.

 Best regards,

Natasha

Natasha Collins-Daniel

Education and Media Manager

ERIC (Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence)

Direct line: 0117 301 2103 and 24/7 Helpline: 0845 370 8008

Websites: www.eric.org.uk / www.bog-standard.org

Welcome back to a new term and a brand new year!  We hope you all had a relaxing and refreshing break and have returned bursting with brilliant ideas for Pupil/Student Voice in your school!

We love to hear what you and your School Council are doing.

  • Have you put a particular project in place?
  • Have you raised money to improve your school?
  • Have you set up a new sub-committee or group to help with well-being? For example, Buddies or Peer Mentors.
  • Have you worked hard to change the school environment?
  • Did you do something special before Christmas to improve Community Cohesion?
  • Have you started a School Council Enterprise Scheme?

Whatever you are doing, you can be sure that other School Councils would find it interesting and inspiring.  We are often asked what other School Councils are doing, so that new ideas can be formed.

If you would like to let us know, then please do write an article of about 500 words and send it to us, together with some photos, and we’ll send it round to about 30,000 school contacts in one of our e-newsletters.  There’s an added benefit too….. every School Council that has an article published will receive a £50 voucher to spend on our great resources!

What are you waiting for?  Get scribbling now and send it to me at davidwhiting@schoolcouncils.org

 

We received a question from a member of Constabulary, which raised a good question that we felt would be relevant to any school in any area of the UK.

Your question to me on Twitter (@schoolcouncils) was “We presently have a project ongoing with our local Comprehensive school to improve community cohesion.  We should link in?”

Very strongly, part of what school councils are about is linking to local and other communities.  They are encouraged to link to youth councils; town, borough and district  councils.  Many school councils organise social visits to old folks homes, especially at this time of year.  I can’t comment on your local schools but emphatically the answer is yes on this score

Another area for school councils is that of Health and Wellbeing.  This includes anti-bullying of the physical or cyber kind.  Wellbeing also reaches into transport and whether the children and young people feel safe coming to school and going home.  Very much your territory.  So emphatically the answer is yes on this score too. 

I am not aware of your local conditions, but it seems to me that  in some areas there is a need for the healing of rifts between between the police as a whole and young people.  If this should apply in your part of the country, I would invite you to think of school councils as  an ideal channel into the school community to enable that healing to take place.  Again, the answer is emphatically yes.

In the round, therefore, there is nothing to be lost and everything to be gained from police services nationally linking to school councils and from there into the wider school community

Good luck!  Let us know how you get on.

Charlie Taylor is the Government’s Expert Advisor on behaviour in schools.  He has recently published “Getting the simple things right: Charlie Taylor’s behaviour checklists”.

This report and the suggestions it contains are simple and very practical.  It gives key principles for headteachers to help improve school behaviour and a behaviour checklist for teachers. 

So, in addition to involving your School Council in the writing of your Behaviour Policy, have a look at Charlie Taylor’s suggestions, because they seem to be a very sensible path forward.

You can find the report here:

http://media.education.gov.uk/assets/files/pdf/c/charlie%20taylor%20checklist.pdf

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