OK, school councillors (and link teachers!), this is YOUR chance for YOUR school to take part in a genuine Guinness World Record attempt, along with every other school in the country. The attempt is being organised by the Health Protection Agency (wow!) and School Councils UK jointly.

On Monday October 15th, an official Guinness World Record attempt will take place to set the record for young people at school, all doing the same hand hygiene lesson at the same time. Schools across the UK will be taking part and you are invited to join in, so that you can say that you are a Guinness World Record holder. Yes, you!

 There is no cost to take part. 

Simply ask your teacher to go to https://www.hpa-surveys.org.uk/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=943095l to register your school’s interest in being involved and to receive your information pack to tell you how to enter. We will send your teacher the information you need. School councillors should ask the link teacher to register and not do so themselves.

Of course, there’s a serious side to this. We want young people to realise just how important hand hygiene is. Washing your hands is quite simply the best thing you can do to protect yourself against many diseases. 

We’d like you to have the chance to show the world that when young people speak with one voice they should be heard. Already, many schools have signed up. Just think! If you and everyone else takes part, we could have the biggest ever number of young people doing the same thing at the same time. You will show them what a very powerful voice young people have.

 Please help us spread the word by mobile and on Twitter (follow @schoolcouncils and @HPAuk)

 Note to teachers:  there’s a great lesson plan available to back up this exciting and fun event.

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We are very pleased and excited to welcome DALTON GRANT as a VIP supporter of School Councils UK.

Dalton Grant is a former Olympic High Jumper who has won four National titles for Great Britain in the high jump event.   Between 1988 and 1991 he set nine sucessive National records, and from there went on to win Gold in the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.

He was a board director of the London 2012 Olympic bid team and was also captain of the GB & NI Team. 

He inspires and shares his experience and talent with the younger generation.  With his background as an elite athlete he understands pressure and the importance of remaining focussed on your goals.

We are delighted to welcome Dalton, and truly appreciate his support.

Dalton Grant in action!







Working with children at Gospel Oak School









Dalton Grant (centre) receives his certificate as he is inducted in the London Youth Games Hall of Fame (Hackney Gazette)


Our Newsletter No. 30 distributed on 08/05/12


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We have received a message, today, from the British Council, which we hope will be of interest.


Dear All

This is to confirm that we can accept applications from schools for a Foreign Language Assistant (www.britishcouncil.org/languageassistants) up to September as we would like to ensure as many schools as possible have the opportunity to participate in this excellent programme and maximise the number of schools having an FLA in the classroom …

If you need reminding why schools need Foreign Language Assistants, watch this short video.

We’re especially keen to have many more applications for Assistants from China and France to make language learning relevant and fun and help prepare young people to live and work in a global economy…

John Rolfe, British Council


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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

School Councils UK needs your articles!


 Calling all School Councils…..Calling all School Councils…..Calling all School Councils

We know that you enjoy receiving our e-newsletters, which is great, because we like writing them!  BUT… they are so much more interesting and relevant when we are able to include articles and pictures or photos sent in by schools.

So, all you budding journalists, please get your thinking caps on!  Write us between 500-750 words telling us about your School Council.  It could be how you elect your reps, what happens in your meetings, or maybe you’ve tried something different or got involved in a new aspect of school life.  Whatever it is, if you are enjoying doing it, then other schools will love to hear about it.

PLUS….. every school that has an article published gets a £50 voucher to spend on our resources.

We look forward to hearing from you!

I saw this poster (produced by The Big Picture Education Company) on the TES website this morning.  I thought it was really inspirational, and worth sharing.



Sent out on 17/04/12


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