The term ‘pupil voice’ refers to ways of listening to the views of pupils and/or involving them in decision-making. You may also hear the expressions ‘learner voice’ or ‘consulting pupils’.
A feature of effective leadership is engaging pupils as active participants in their education and in making a positive contribution to their school and local community.
Why involve children and young people?
Some of the benefits of involving children and young people in decision making are:
• It encourages pupils to become active participants in a democratic society - by holding youth parliaments and school councils which develop skills such as co-operation and communication and encourage them to take responsibility.
• It contributes to achievement and attainment - young people involved in participative work benefit in a range of different ways. Increased confidence, self-respect, competence and an improved sense of responsibility have all been reported by young people who contribute in school. Schools also report increased motivation and engagement with learning.
Our pupils use a range of methods to share their views and opinions: in out-door areas; in classrooms; in their books; in extra-curricular clubs; daily assembly.
Pupils are taught verbal and non-verbal means to communicate including: