The School Council is a group of representatives of the whole school community that controls the management of the school.
The school council brings together a small group of people who coordinate the main school activities of the school. It is the most important participatory body of the school community, its composition is unique and its number of members varies according to the size of the school. It is chaired by the head teacher together with the head of studies, and the secretary attends to take the minutes of the meeting, with voice but no vote. In addition, there is representation from the teaching staff and the educational community in a number per sector that is never less than one third of the total number of members of the Council. There is also a representative of the Town Council, a representative of the administration and of the services as long as they do not belong to private companies.
The members of the school council also include family representatives, at least one of whom must belong to the parents’ association. There are also usually student representatives, but in primary school, given their young age, their representation is symbolic.
The main competences of this body include the approval and evaluation of all school documents, its work to ensure good coexistence and equality among pupils, decisions on the admission of pupils, guidelines for collaboration with other bodies for educational purposes, proposing improvements to the school’s facilities and equipment, analysing and assessing the running of the school, and making proposals for improvement.
The members representing each of these sectors are democratically elected to this position, which is renewed every four years. They meet at least once a term and at the beginning and end of each academic year, having been convened on a day and at a time when all members are able to attend. At least two commissions will be created in the Council, the coexistence commission and the economic commission.
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School council in the Czech Republic