Lesson 6: School council

Developing an understanding of how school council works and why it is important to have a democratic election system

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To begin to understand how democracy works in school

Statutory guidance

  • The National Curriculum states that ‘All schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE)’

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May benefit from talking to an older child who is on the school council. Can use the Activity: Writing frame provided. 


Pupils working at greater depth: Should be asked to identify how democracy works in the school council.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Sarah Huggins,  
RSE & PSHE specialist
Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in education. Starting as a Primary teacher, Sarah then moved into an advisory role that covered both PSHE education and Citizenship. She delivers courses for teachers, as well as sessions for children and young…
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