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I hope that everyone is enjoying a great Easter break.  The sun is shining here and we have our summer clothes out of last year’s mothballs!  The forecast is good for the bank holiday weekend, so time to relax and enjoy the warmth.

Whilst you are all on holiday and relaxing, we are still working away, coming up with new ideas and new resources to help you and your School Council!

We reviewed the badges we sell, and could find no reason why the metal enamelled School Council badges were only available in 3 colours, whilst the Year Council badges are available in 4 colours.  In our experience, many schools have at least four Houses or Communities and often those groups are represented by Red, Blue, Green and Yellow.  So…. we decided it was about time to add YELLOW SCHOOL COUNCIL ENAMELLED BADGES to our stock.

Do visit our shop by clicking on the link, or give us a call on 0845 456 9428 to place your order!

The recent Primary School Councils Fun Day at Cardiff Millennium Centre was “brilliant”.  This fantastic day, which was organised by Barnardo’s Cymru and the Children & Young People’s Parnership has paved the way for a Grand School Council in Cymru!

The event was covered by, a Trainee Broadcast Journalist at Cardiff University Journalism School.

Children in Cardiff encouraged to “stand up and speak out”

Children from across the city have been learning about how important it is for them to have a voice, at a School Councils Fun Day down at the Millennium Centre today.

Today’s School Council Fun Day was organised for primary school children, to encourage them to speak out and have their opinions heard.

Almost one hundred children attended the fun day, which was organised by Barnado’s Cmyru and the Children and Young People’s Partnership.

Eryn Williams, Media and Communication Manager for Barnado’s Wales believes the event supports what Barnado’s is all about.

“The main remit of the charity is to give children a voice and make sure they are treated as adults”.

Aside from children and teachers, CBBC presenter Sid Sloane and the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Keith Tyler also attended the event.

Keith Tyler told CJS that the fun day’s focus “centres on the UN Conventions on the rights of a child, which clearly says children should have their voices heard in decisions which effect their lives.”

“We as a society need to recognise that children’s voices are really important”.

“Sometimes adults don’t give children enough credit for great things they do and the contributions they make.”

“What we’re seeing today is children making a real difference, not just in their school life, but their community and home life.”

As well as plenty of fun activities, such as junk modelling and a graffiti wall, the event was all about promoting the importance of School Councils.

Teachers also had the opportunity to participate in a number of workshops, and share their views on School Councils.

A School Council is a representative group of students, elected by their peers to represent their views and raise issues with managers and governors of their school.

They can also propose initiatives and projects on behalf of their peers, and elected pupils can play an active role in making their school a better place.

Another aim of today was to promote the creation of a Grand School Council for the children of Cardiff.

A Grand Council would bring children from across the city together to share their views and opinions.

Stephen Page, a Director of School Councils UK believes “children have the right to say what they think should happen when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account”.

“This is the main aim of any School Council”.

She believes that a Grand School Council would be “a way for Cardiff pupils to join together to put forward to local authorities the views of primary children in Cardiff, and is a powerful way of getting the voice of all the children heard.”

A report commissioned by the Schools Action Research 2007* found that when School Councils were involved in school management, 71% of teachers saw an improvement in decision making and 58% reported an improvement in relationships between staff and students.

Watch out for more follow-up info soon!

Do take a look in the “Free Downloads” section.  There you’ll find a selection of updated and refreshed information sheets to help you and your School Council.  If you can’t find what you need, then do give us a call on 0845 456 9428 and we will do our utmost to help.

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Cardiff schools are to attend an exciting School Council Fun Day to promote the importance of School Councils for children to get their voices heard and to share some of the brilliant things the individual councils have achieved.

 On the 18th February 2011 over 100 children from a diverse range of School Councils from around Cardiff are coming together in the Urdd Centre, Wales Millennium Centre to celebrate the importance of School Councils. The day is being organised by Barnardo’s Cymru in partnership with the Cardiff Children and Young People’s Partnership.

 Along with fun activities such as a graffiti wall and junk modelling, rights-based workshops and consultations it is hoped the event will encourage and inspire the attendees to create a Grand School Council for Cardiff’s Children. This is considered an important step in ensuring that children’s voices are heard and involved in decision making at a strategic level within Cardiff. As Tierney from Tongwynlais Primary School explains:

 “If lots of children in School Councils come up with good ideas….it makes sense to put them all together and then we can make great ideas!”

 Attending the event will be the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Keith Towler as well as CBBC’s Sid Sloane. There will also be an opportunity for the Link Teaches that are attending to take part in a Effective School Council Workshop and share their views on School Councils and how best they believe a Grand School Council would function.

 Event organisers have also set up a competition to design a logo and name for the Grand School Council. Lots of brilliant entries have been received and the winner will be announced on the day.  

 For further information please contact

Hannah Bussicott – Participation Development Officer for Younger Children

hannah.bussicott@barnardos.org.uk

Well, whatever you are doing over Christmas, we hope you have a peaceful and relaxing holiday.  Recharge your batteries and get ready for a brand new year.

If you are keen to hit the ground running at the start of next term, don’t forget that our online shop is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!  You’ll find everything you need to help your School Council be an effective vehicle for Pupil Voice in your school.  Just a quick note regarding orders – please don’t forget that VAT increases to 20% from 4 January.  Any orders placed online before then will be processed at the old rate, but from 4 January we have to add on the extra!  So if you are thinking of ordering, it’s well worth having a look before the start of the new term.

Merry Christmas from all of us at SCUK!

As at 6th September there are still places available on our Training For Trainers Course.  Don’t miss out – spaces are limited!  Please see the Programme and Booking Form for full details.

The Government would like to know Pupils’ views and is asking for their opinions.  This is true democracy in action, so please do take a few moments to access the questionnaires below and tell the Government what you think!  They are keen to hear from you.

You can download them or print them here, or complete them online by going to the Survey Monkey website detailed at the top of each questionnaire.

We are working hard on the BRAND NEW version of the Primary Handbooks.  The draft is now with our designer, who will transform our words and ideas into an attractive, informative and indespensible resource for your Primary School Council members.  We are planning to produce these handbooks in an A4 format, which means we can use a larger font size and give more room for younger children to write their notes.  These BRAND NEW handbooks will link with Citizenship and the KS1/2 curriculum and will certainly be a “must have” for your School Council!

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