School Councils play a key role in Victorian government schools. They support the Principal to provide the best possible educational outcomes for students. A School Council develops a vision for the school in collaboration with all members of the school community and is actively involved in the development and endorsement of the school’s Strategic Plan.
A School Council’s objectives are to:
- assist in the efficient governance of the school
- ensure that its decisions that affect the students of the school are made as a primary consideration
- enhance the educational opportunities of the students of the school
- ensure the school and the council comply with any requirements of this Act, the regulations, a Ministerial Order or a direction, guideline or policy issued under this Act.
Three of the critical functions with an effective school council are:
- Participate in the development the school Strategic Plan and engage the school community
- Approve the annual budget and monitor expenditure, and
- Develop, review, update and monitor policies
The school Annual Report provides an opportunity for the School Council, Leadership team, staff, students, parents and the wider school community to reflect on the school’s successes, activities and achievements throughout the year. This will assist with the allocation of resources and contribute to the planning and improvement of the school for the following year.