Student Councils: A Voice for Students

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Student Councils: A Voice for Students

Recorded in 2002

Student Councils: A Voice for Students


Author: Department of Education and Science

Publisher: Department of Education and Science

Date: 2002

Geographic Coverage: Ireland

Type of Resource: Guidance

Sector/setting: Academic

Vulnerable groups: Young people

Developed with children and young people? Yes

Type of participation: Consultation With Children

Availability: Open Access

Keywords: Castleknock Community College, Department of Education and Science, Student Councils, Student Voices, Young People’s Participation, Young People’s Voices



The Education Act, 1998 provides for the establishment of student councils, intending them to play an integral and important role in the school community. Student councils provide a representative structure through which students can debate issues of concern and undertake initiatives of benefit to the school and the wider community.

Students have a voice and a contribution to make to their school. It is important that they be given the opportunity to express their views on issues of concern to them in the school. It is equally important that they are listened to and encouraged to take an active part in promoting the aims and objectives of the school. The recent establishment of student councils in many schools is a most welcome development.

These guidelines are intended to provide practical guidance to school management, teachers and students alike in the establishment and operation of student councils.