School Council Awards
Welcome to our site dedicated to School Council awards for Primary Schools in Cornwall
PADL is a set of standards for primary school councils which guide and measure effective student voice, representation and leadership within schools. In order to gain a PADL award, trained young assessors interview staff and school council members using formulated questions appropriate to the level of award the school are applying for.
School councils/pupil parliaments can gain a PADL award for their work at Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum level.
The Cornwall Healthy Schools Team are delighted to have taken on the management of the Primary School Council PADL awards!
We're thrilled to be able to celebrate the wonderful work of Schools Councils in Cornwall.
You can use this section of our website to get up to date information on:
- our 5 minute guide to setting up and running a School Council (pdf document)
- More about the awards and the criteria at each level
- links to useful information and ideas to help your School Council grow and develop
- ideas and resources for work on active participation / UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
- on-line self-assessment recording tool
- school council forum
On Friday 18 July 2014 we invited school councils from across the county to come along to share the great news of the work that they do, and take part in peer assessing each other. It was a great chance to be involved in this exciting opportunity. Each school demonstrated the great stuff they do, and also found out what else is happening in the fabulous school councils around Cornwall. Each school presented a short item about what they're most proud of having achieved and then they had chance to ask questions and get to the nitty gritty of deciding the awards! If you want to find out more about when our next assessment and awards day will be, you can email us.
In 2013 we we went on a trip to Berrycoombe School in Bodmin in March, St Erme with Trispen School in May and in November at Pondhu School. If you are interested in attending one of our assessment and awards days let us know:
Who you are
Which school you are from
Which level award you would like to aim for
How many children you would like to bring
Some feedback we received from the day in Bodmin:
"It was interesting hearing how different schools run their councils. The children are now keen to 'jobshare' and have assistant Chair and secretary"
"The children really enjoyed the day, especially having visitors from other schools. It has given the school councillors a real boost and they are very keen to begin new projects."
School Council Workshop
We were really thrilled to deliver a School Council Workshop session in October 2014, which was a great opportunity for school council coordinators within primary schools to get together and share best practice and find out new ideas to improve their school council. Come along to our workshop and you can expect the day to gain ideas and resources to:
- Make school council meetings more action-focused
- Support your school council
- Help school councillors to represent their class, and take on certain roles
- Share ideas and good practice.
- Create a clear action plan for you when you get back to school.
The next date we have planned for a workshop is Thursday 2 July 2015 in Pool, Redruth (venue to be confirmed upon booking). To book your FREE place, go to our training course booking form.
At a previous masterclass we invited 11 pupils from Torpoint Nursery and Infant School school council along to tell the workshop delegates about the wonderful work that their school council does. They did a fantastic presentation and answered questions and generally had us all in the palms of their hands! They behaved so beautifully too! We just had to upload some photos for you to see.
We had some great feedback from teachers and Teaching Assistants who attended the training:
"Lots of great ideas - thank you!"
"Great practical ideas to take back to school"