Pupil Voice

Pupil Voice

Pupil Voice

Real engagement in learning means participation in decisions that affect children’s own schooling. The basis for pupil voice is found in Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child which sets out the right of children to express an opinion and to be included in decisions that involve and affect them.

Benefits of Pupil Participation

  • Improved pupil engagement and its impact on well-being, behaviour and learning
  • Improved pupil-staff and pupil-pupil relationships
  • Policies are based on the needs and suggestions of pupils and are therefore effective
  • More inclusive schools, where all pupils are encouraged and supported to contribute
  • Increased opportunity for pupils to develop personal, social and communication skills

Pupil participation at Richard de Clare happens in a variety of ways, including:

  • As part of Assessment for Learning
  • By involving pupils in school self-evaluation and assessment
  • Links with charities and with the wider community
  • Improvements to the school environment (e.g. school buildings, playground, toilets)
  • Involvement with staff recruitment
  • Involvement with planning, reviewing and implementing school policies
  • Consultation mechanisms such as surveys, suggestion boxes and circle time
  • Providing evaluation of their own and peers’ learning
  • Inter school events

Practically this looks like:

  • Active engagement in Assessment for Learning strategies, self and peer feedback
  • Class Councils – focus on learning to learn (metacognition)
  • Class/group circle times
  • Play Champions
  • Librarians
  • School to school pupil voice events
  • Assisting with recruitment

Richard de Clare Community Academy, Halstead