Youth voice

Youth voice

Making school councils more democratic

Youth voice

Youth voice
  • Whole school
  • 5 to 18 year olds
  • Ongoing projects

The Smart School Council programme is a whole-school, inclusive approach to running a school council. Using digital tools, all students are directly involved in making decisions within their class and school, building awareness of the importance of active citizenship. Students take on different roles within a Communication team that runs the programme in their school. School councils support their peers to set up Action Teams on issues, events or activities they are interested in, ensuring that social action projects are young person defined and led. Smart School Councils will introduce an addition to the programme in 2019, involving employee volunteers to support young people in learning more about the world of work.


Run by: Teacher with responsibility for School Council Coordination

External involvement: Smart School Councils

Other attributes developed: Increased engagement with school, an awareness of real-world projects and social action

Opportunities to link to career-related learning: Students should be encouraged to link their practical experience to classroom learning e.g. English or Business. Links to Gatsby Benchmarks 4 and 5 - Linking curriculum learning to careers, and encounters with employers and employees

Links to curriculum learning: Schools are able to form Action Teams on topics that relate to curriculum areas