Within schools, pupil involvement in decision making is often referred to as ‘pupil voice’.
Pupil voice is about pupils having the opportunity to have a say in decisions in school that affect them.
There are a number of different drivers for, and potential benefits from, pupil voice, including:
- Children’s Rights, which recognises that children have rights, including the right to have their opinions taken into account in decisions that concern them.
- Active Citizenship, which highlights how pupil voice can contribute to preparation for citizenship by improving pupils’ knowledge and ‘social’ skills and, in doing so, enhance the quality of democracy.
- School Improvement, which recognises that consultation with pupils can lead to better school performance, whether in terms of improved behaviour, engagement or attainment among pupils.
The School Council is an ideal opportunity to involve our pupils with regard to their rights and responsibilities.
Our School Council meets weekly, with a member of School staff as facilitator. Annually two representatives are elected by each class and a chairperson, vice-chair, secretary and treasurer are voted into their role.
Our School Council representatives.
Our School Council Representatives 2022-23 - information coming soon!
Often the school's management team will consult the councillors for their views on different aspects of school life. We all work together to strive to make The Brent a place we are all proud to be associated with.
Our School Councillors visit the Dartford Council Offices and, as well as learning more about the history of Dartford, gain an insight into how our local council works.