Business of School Councils, The
An investigation into democracy in schools
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'The Business of School Councils' is the report of research into the factors that contribute to effective school councils.
When it was published in 2003, schools councils were still controversial amongst the profession. Not everyone was convinced of their value. Even within the same school there could be sharp divisions over the purpose and wisdom of going down the road towards greater student involvement in decision making.
The report is based on data collected in 1995 as part of a study into the workings of School Councils. The National Curriculum had introduced citizenship as an official cross-curricular theme and under that banner schools were encouraged to lay the foundations for positive participative citizenship by providing opportunities to participate in all aspects of school life (National Curriculum Council, 1990).