Student Councils: A Voice for Students
Recorded in 2002
Author: Department of Education and Science
Publisher: Department of Education and Science
Geographic Coverage: Ireland
Type of Resource: Guidance
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.