Trond Waage's Conference Presentation Anti-Bullying Network
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So we have the school council in Norway and they say, many of them, they are not taken seriously by the teacher. It is by law, it’s not in England and I don’t know about here, but it is law in Norway that every school from fourth grade has to have a school council. So they have full election and all that. It's very well organised and it deals with minor issues, such as what kind of thing should be served in the canteen. There’s lack of time for council activity, low status among the students and no real power. Which means it could be quite the opposite but it is a threat against democracy to run school councils like this, it is! Real participation means influence on planning, internally and externally. It means being a focal part of the reform process, it means more responsibility regarding the learning process from the teacher. That they also want not the traditional teacher but they also want a supervisor to be a part. And also involved more in the school management, you know, the budgets and everything as you have in some of the schools here in Scotland.

School Councils