A whole-school approach means listening to the voices of everyone in the school community.
We at St John's believe that children e can offer unique perspectives on what it is like to be a pupil at their school; involving them in decision-making can create meaningful change and better academic outcomes, as well as facilitating a sense of empowerment and inclusion.
Pupil voice in schools means a whole-school commitment to listening to the views, wishes and experiences of all our children. It means placing value on what children tell school staff about their experiences.
Children need to be provided with meaningful opportunities to share their experiences, views and hopes about their school. Pupils need to know that it is safe and that it is important for them to express their views on what happens at our school. They need to know that what they say is valued and will be listened to and considered.
Schools with a strong commitment to pupil voice have reported many positive outcomes. These include a reduction in exclusions, better behaviour, better relationships across the whole-school community, and improving attainment and attendance – all of which can also improve your school’s rating by the school inspectorate.
There is no one way to promote the voice of children and young people in a school or further education setting; every setting is different with a unique cohort of pupils. Here are some ideas that we use: