The Class Council sessions, presided over by the Head of Institution or the Deputy Head, are held at least three times a year. Everyone attending Class Council sessions can discuss teaching and pedagogical issues relevant for the work and life in the class, such as the ways individual students organise their work. The Class Council consists of subject teachers, Principal Education Counsellor, two student delegates and two parent representatives. Parent representatives are given the same documentation as all other members of the Class Council. Each parent representative must be able to report on the work of the Class Council sessions in accordance with reporting conditions defined by the agreement with the Head of Institution.
Some additional rules and principles:
- The Class Council is not a courtroom, a place to settle accounts or a place to complain about the work of the teaching staff.
- In case there are some problems with a certain subject, they should be resolved outside the Class Council, in a meeting with the subject teacher.
- Class Council sessions are not open to public.
- Members of the Class Council must respect confidentiality of discussions and personal/individual information presented in the Class Council sessions.
- Parents attending the Class Council sessions represent parents of all children, not just their own child (children). Therefore, they should refrain from interventions and issues which concern only their own child.
The way Class Council sessions work at the French School in Belgrade (EFB)
- Head of Institution or the Deputy Head preside over the Class Council which is run by the classroom teacher.
- Members of the Class Council discuss teaching and pedagogical issues relevant for the work and life in the class, such as the ways individual students organise their work.
- Members of the Class Council analyse individual student’s school achievements and they determine guidelines for better work and orientation.
- Members of the Class Council cannot discuss general institution-related issues (such as school canteen, transport, parking etc.).
- Teaching and pedagogical teams present themselves briefly.
- The classroom teacher speaks about his/her subject and presents a short resume based on grades and evaluations of colleagues.
- “Round table”: all teachers present their evaluations individually and report on the class achievements related to the subject.
- Parents and student delegates ask concise questions (on behalf of other parents), which is followed by answers.
- Review of individual student achievements (one by one).
- The classroom teachers suggest for each student individually a general remark/grade which is entered in the grade report. This remark/descriptive grade can, if necessary, be supplemented or reformulated.
- Student and parent representatives participate in discussion all the time and they can intervene at any moment.
- Students’ achievements are presented via video projector.
Sanctions referring to the work or behaviour of students
- According to regulation number 2000-105 issued on 11th July 2000 which refers to the organisation of disciplinary measures and procedures in lower and upper secondary schools, it has been determined that “apart from expulsion, each sanction is automatically deleted from the student file after one year”. Therefore, remarks referring to bad work and/or bad behaviour are not entered in the final student evaluation. However, such sanctions can be recommended in the Class Council sessions. In that case, the student’s family is notified in writing about the sanctions and is invited for an interview with the classroom teacher and/or Head of Institution. The student evaluation report is withheld and handed over to the family of the student during the interview. Class Council sessions in March: in classes with student orientation (3ème/2nd), the Class Council present their point of view regarding students’ and parents’ temporary orientation-related wishes. Their point of view should enable a dialogue which should help the student to make decisions and react in a timely manner. In Terminal, the Class Council presents their point of view in relation to students’ orientation plans, i.e. their wishes presented on APB (post-Baccalaureate digital application).
- Class Council sessions in the second term (in June): discussing orientation-related decisions and the point of view of the Class Council. Reminder: decisions on orientation (in 3ème and 2nde or on going to the higher class (6e) are made by the Head of Institution according to the points of view of the members of the Class Council*. In Terminal, members of the Class Council give their point of view about the grade report referring to the National Diploma – Baccalaureate. In 3ème, the report which confirms that the student has passed the common framework exams is delivered to the family along with the report with grades from the last trimester or term.
- After the end of the Class Council session, parent representatives who wish can make a general report (without special remarks) which is delivered to the Head of Institution so that it can be sent to parents along with evaluations (within planned delivery deadlines) and/or via Intranet.
* The family can complain in case they do not agree with the decision.