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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

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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

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