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We are pleased to say that after a review of our Membership price structure, we have reduced the majority of prices this year.  Full details are below.

 BRONZE MEMBERSHIP

What is included:

  • 10% discount on resources
  • Monthly school council email providing news, resources, tips and tricks on how to develop real, fun, whole-school pupil voice.

Cost:

Primary & Middle Schools: £40.00 + VAT pa / Secondary Schools: £45.00 + VAT pa

SILVER MEMBERSHIP

What is included:

  • 15% discount on resources
  • Monthly school council email providing news, resources, tips and tricks on how to develop real, fun, whole-school pupil voice.
  • Welcome Pack, comprising:
    • Meeting Sign
    • School Council Secretary Pack (ring binder)
    • 6 Handbooks
    • Year Planner
    • 6 Badges
    • 6 School Council Pens
  • Passworded & secure access to www.myschoolcouncil.orgto enable you to create your own School Council website for your school. Features include:
    • School Council & Individual user profiles
    • Your own School Council message board
    • Document & project sharing with everyone in your school
    • Your own calendar of School Council events
    • And much, much more!

Cost:  Applies to Primary, Middle & Secondary (P&P £3.50)

As real Pupil/Student Voice is something that needs to involve the whole school,  every pupil should have access to your School Council website, so the pupil numbers here refer to the whole school roll.

Up to 150 Pupils       £75.00 plus VAT per year

151-300 Pupils         £150.00 plus VAT per year

301-500 Pupils         £200.00 plus VAT per year

501-1100 Pupils        £275.00 plus VAT per year

1101+ Pupils             £350.00 plus VAT per year

GOLD MEMBERSHIP

The premier choice! Includes everything from the Silver Membership, plus an individual, in-school audit on your Pupil Voice and Student Democracy policies and action.  Please contact us for more information and costs as these are calculated on a school by school basis.

SPECIAL SCHOOLS

We know that your resource requirements may not slot neatly into a Primary or Secondary category.  If you able to, please choose the category that best fits your requirements.  If not, please do call us on 0845 456 9428 to have a chat about how we can mix and match our resources to assist you and your students and give you best value possible from your Membership.

  Memberships run for 12 months from the date of invoice and  are automatically renewed unless cancellation is made in writing a minimum of five working days prior to the end of the Membership period.  We will usually write to you to remind you, but if Membership is no longer required it is your responsibility to ensure that we are informed.  Please do ensure you receive an acknowledgement from us.

Win a storyteller visit and other great prizes for your school!

To celebrate World Toilet Day on 19th November 2011, all entries for a School Toilet Award will be entered into a prize draw to win exciting prizes including a storyteller visit and signed book sets by authors including Michael Morpurgo and Steve Cole. Prizes will be suitable for primary and secondary schools. 

Schools that provide good standard toilets that meet the needs of their pupils can gain an award to recognise and celebrate their achievement. The School Toilet Award is open to every primary and secondary school, including special schools, maintained and non-maintained, in the UK as well as to British schools overseas. Schools can apply for the Award online or by post. There is no cost to schools – entry and support materials are free. For more information visit  http://www.bog-standard.org/award_home.php

The summer seems to have simply sped by, and here we are, ready for a new school year!

We have a new catalogue for 2011/12 which can be downloaded by clicking on the link on the right hand side of our Home Page.  Don’t forget that you can order 24/7 from our online shop at www.schoolcouncilshop.org

We have a fantastic new book available, which is great for reinforcing and explaining the effects of bullying – WS – from ‘Rear-Ender’ to ‘Slender Brenda’.  The first 25 copies ordered will be signed by the author, Jane Cuff.  If you are involving your School Council in writing or updating your Bullying Policy this would be a very useful book for them to read!

Do come back and check the site regularly because we have exciting developments planned for the next few months!

We are pleased that the Teaching Citizenship magazine has reviewed our new School Council Handbook for Primary Pupils. 

However, we would like to clarify a few points!

This fantastic new handbook is a re-write and re-design of the old School Council Handbook for Primary Pupils.  It has been brought up to date with current ideas and refreshed with new sections, illustrations and helpful Morphs! 

IT DOES NOT REPLACE THE KS1 AND PRIMARY SCHOOL COUNCIL TOOLKITS. 

Our Toolkits are designed for use by Teachers who are setting up and supporting School Councils within their school.  These comprehensive books give advice and guidance for both Teacher and Pupil sessions covering ideas such as Circle Time, Charters of Behaviour, Peer Mediation, Writing an Agenda and even music for School Council songs.

The School Council Handbook for Primary Pupils has been designed to be given to each member of the School Council to help them understand and fulfil the important role they have been elected to.  It gives advice on such areas as research, fundraising, issues and inclusion.  The Handbook is not intended for use as a teaching tool within a citizenship lesson.  It is a special Handbook aimed at helping each School Councillor work as part of a team to assist their School Council be the best channel possible for Pupil Voice within their school.

We are very exciting to have been able to add a new category to our online shop – FUNDRAISING. This category will feature products that your School Council can purchase in order to re-sell within the school (to students, staff, parents, etc).  Not only will this encourage all those budding entrepreneurs, but will also help fund anything the School Council want to do. 

The first of what we hope will be a wide variety of products has been uploaded today, so do click on the link and take a look!  [Here is a sneak preview]

We have two Twitter accounts:

SchCouncilForum : For School Councillors, Link Teachers and other interested parties, to pool ideas, news and chat.

SchoolCouncils : School councils turn pupil voice into action and schools into communities. We support pupils, staff and others to create effective, whole school, participation

We have been asked by the Head of Public Involvement at Ofsted, to request your participation in Ofsted’s consultation on the inspection of Maintained Schools and Academies from January 2012.  The following link takes you to their web page which includes a link to the survey and a young people’s version of the consultation documents.

Please do take this chance to have your voices heard!

THE CLOSING DATE IS FRIDAY 20TH MAY! 

http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/Ofsted-home/Publications-and-research/Browse-all-by/Documents-by-type/Consultations/Inspection-2012-proposals-for-inspection-arrangements-for-maintained-schools-and-academies-from-January-2012

Welcome back to a new term!  After so many Bank Holidays I don’t know if we feel rested, or just completely out of routine!  In many ways it will be good for life to get back to normal.

To encourage your School Councils in the excellent work I know they do, we have a SPECIAL OFFER for you!  Every order for resources over £50 (excluding VAT and P&P) will have a FREE primary or secondary DVD added to it.  Just place your order as usual (by fax, phone or in our online shop) and your DVD will automatically be included.

The Primary DVD – “Safe and Sorted” presents the achievements of two primary schools in very different circumstances.  It focuses on the involvement of all pupils in the council through class meetings.

The Secondary DVD – “Voices of Reason” presents the achievements of Lipson Community College, examining the effects of the School Council on pupils, staff, governors and the community.  The TES descibes it as “a genuinely uplifting case study”.

This is a time-limited offer, so why not check your resources now and order whilst you can get this FREE offer!

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