Role of a representative and class councils

The representative

Being elected as a class representative means being chosen alongside another representative, by means of a vote, to represent the whole class. Their classmates’ trust requires some responsibility of them as, by proxy, the whole class expresses itself through their voice.

To properly fulfil their role as spokesperson, the representative asks for their classmates’ opinion objectively (without taking sides), asks them about shared problems and takes the time to talk to each one about problems they might face.

To fully execute his/her duties, the representative confers with the whole class as often as possible and at least before each Class Council meeting.

Class council meeting

The Class Council, an important moment in class life, is chaired by the Principal or the Deputy to the Principal and attended by the room teacher. The other teachers of the class are also present, as well as two parent representatives and, the two class representatives.

During the meeting, shared educational issues are first addressed such as class organization, working environment, etc.., The meeting then proceeds to individual issues – School work, attitudes and problems (if any) are considered by the teachers. The representatives may then be requested to clarify something to the council or they may take the initiative to give their assessment of a classmate’s situation if given permission to do so so that the council can have a better understanding of the issue. The last council of the year rules on students passing to the next grade or on their subject choice, depending on the grade.

Representative before, during and after the School Council Meeting

Before: he/she calls a class meeting to prepare for the council by conferring with them on any problems they might have etc.

During: he/she objectively presents to the adults the outcome of the discussions with his/her classmates and speaks about the shared aspects of class life and individual case studies. He/she is also required to carefully note down the gist of what is being said.

After: he/she draws up, for his/her classmates, a report detailing the comments made about the class. Individual cases may not be discussed with everybody, but only with the student in question.

Legal references

Circular of July 30th 1985:,

modified by the circular of July 15th 2004: