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Gorran Primary School, Coleraine

School Council

The Department of Education (DE) is keen to support all schools to have structures in place which
allow pupils to have a real say in issues that affect them and to know that their opinions count.
There are a number of ways in which schools can choose to help achieve effective pupil

What is a school council?

A school council is a formal group of pupils within a school who are elected by their peers to
represent them and their views. Our school council members are from P3- P7. We meet once a

Why have a school council?

It is important that children should have a say in decisions that affect their lives. A school council
can provide a meaningful way in which pupils can voice their opinions and have their views taken
into account in decisions which impact upon them. A school council that is supported and nurtured
helps to improve many aspects of school life. It is also an important and useful way for schools to
provide leadership and development opportunities for their pupils.