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The purpose of the model is to get every student in school actively involved in the school council. That’s what makes it ‘smart’. It consists of three main elements …

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At the start of a new academic year, it’s good to think about how you can improve your school council to involve more students and be easier to run.

The first few weeks back at school after the summer break are a pretty crazy time, and lots of school councils launch right back into running things the way they always have without thinking about how they can improve. Here are ten questions/ideas to help you to think about how you can improve practice, and make your school council smart.

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Diane recently retired as Headteacher of Lady Zia Wernher School, a primary special school in Luton.

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The Smart School Council Model is a whole-school implementation with whole-school impact. It aims to get 100% of your students involved in learning and developing skills. Best of all, it links up with Ofsted’s requirements around British Values/SMSC and Prevent, and is easier to run than your current model. But where should you start? And […]

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Hello all, Hope you all had a fantastic summer break and are looking forward to the new school year. We’ve had a really busy few months getting our new website and manual ready. I just wanted to write a quick blog post about the changes we’ve made and why we’ve done them. Testing the model Over […]

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Some schools have even gone well beyond that. How? And how have they managed such a huge group? Well – with a little bit of blowing our own trumpet – they’ve been setting up Smart School Councils. If the success of your school council is measured by how many students are actively involved in it […]

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Over the course of this academic year, we’ve developed the Smart School Council model and begun implementing it in primary and secondary schools across England. It’s a pretty big shift for us, and one we’re quite excited about. But excitement isn’t enough on its own to create a positive impact. What is it trying to […]

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Well, first you need to define what you mean by ‘success’; this isn’t a semantic point, it really is the first thing you need to do. If you’ve never really considered it, you’ll fall into the same trap that many schools have and just assume that whatever your school council is doing well is what […]

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We’re always on the lookout for new ways to get a wider range of pupils involved in exciting activities in their school. These are a few of the organisations and projects we’ve come across recently.

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The graphics department at Oxclose Academy, one of the schools that is using the Smart School Council model, have created these great posters. They are happy for you to download and use them. Download high resolution versions below to print out.

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