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The NASUWT guide to Student/Pupil Voice in England

The NASUWT is absolutely clear that pupils should play an active, constructive and appropriate role in their own learning, the learning of their peers and the development of their school communities. Teachers have always sought to ensure that pupils are able to articulate their views and participate effectively in their learning and in the wider life of their school communities. This is a fundamental element of teachers’ professional practice and it recognises that teachers’ ability to motivate pupils to learn depends on the extent to which pupils can be supported to engage in and take responsibility for their own learning.

Protecting and enhancing the right of children and young people to be heard and participate meaningfully in decisions that affect their lives is a key duty of the state in a democratic society. It is, therefore, a particularly important principle in the context of the state’s responsibilities for ensuring universal access to well-funded and high-quality education.

You can find the NASUWT guide to Student Voice in schools here: