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School Council Elections

We use the school council election as a great way to teach the children about the key processes of our local and national democracy.

We plan the elections carefully and ensure this is a fair process. Children can nominate themselves and the constituencies (which in our school are the classes) have to vote for one child. The candidate has to explain why they would be a good school council representative.

We then create a polling station within our school, complete with booths as it is a secret ballot, and a ballot box.  Each class is invited to vote. Children are given a ballot slip and they place their votes in the ballot box.

The school councillors from the previous year act as returning officers and ensure that the election runs smoothly. Votes are then counted and any spoiled papers are discounted.

Each class is then visited and the winner is announced.