What is Pupil Voice?
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. At Milton Primary we believe the view of every pupil is important to ensure we provide the best education possible.
Why involve children and young people?
The Government is committed to the promotion and protection of children’s rights, in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. It believes that children and young people should have opportunities to express their opinion in matters that affect their lives. 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 cooperation and communication and encourage them to take responsibility.
- It contributes to achievement and attainment – young people involved in participate 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.
(DFE: Listening to and involving children and young people 2014)