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New smart school council masterclass dates for 2013

We’ve just announced our new dates for our Smart School Council Masterclass. Drop us an email if you’d like to come along – to [email protected].

This course will give you ideas, resources and tips to improve your school council. It will help you to set up structures to help children to take a lead, make meetings run smoothly and help the school council to get more children involved.

100% of the 79 participants on our May and November 2012 courses said they’d recommend the course to a colleague.

When? Tuesday 23rd April 2013 – Primary day
Thursday 25th April 2013 – Secondary day
For whom? For primary and secondary staff. There’s 25 spaces available on each day.
Food? We’ll provide a good lunch plus tea and coffee on arrival. No cardboard-like sandwiches (we promise!)
Where? Platform, a lovely youth-led arts venue in Islington, close to Finsbury Park station. Address: Hornsey Road Baths, 260 Hornsey Road, London N7 7QT
By who? By Asher and Greg, and our great volunteers.
What? The day will include ideas and resources to:

  • Make school council meetings more action-focused.
  • Run great school council elections
  • Support your school council, and not lead it
  • Help school councillors to represent their class, and take on certain roles
  • Share ideas and good practice.
  • Understand the latest research into student voice, from our recent project with the Children’s Commissioner
  • Create a clear action plan for you when you get back to school.
Extra stuff? As well as a lovely lunch, you’ll also receive:

  • 2 x sets of ‘How to be a smart school councillor’ posters OR 10 x free copies of our ‘How to be a smart school councillor’ resource
  • 1 x powerpoint ‘How to be a smart school councillor’ resource
  • Support for you and your school council after the course
  • Membership of our Smart School Councils Community
What next?

Our school council training is informal, fun and based on years of experience of working with school councils across the UK and Europe. Our knowledge is also drawn from recent research into student voice for the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and helping to run the UK Parliament’s Speaker’s School Council Awards.Here are some of the nice things that teachers who attended our course in May said:

I enjoyed learning that I am not the only one with issues around running school council. I got lots of new ideas and contacts. Learning Mentor, Southwark

I enjoyed the format, there was a good balance of ideas for school council and for our own development. I loved sharing with others. Deputy Head, Haringey

Excellent practical ideas to take back to school, and a new enthusiasm for running a school council. And lunch of course! Year 6 Teacher, Haringey

I feel much more confident in what I now need to do to run my school council effectively and how to start projects and gain ideas. Year 4 Teacher, Birmingham


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