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Children and Young People Engagement

Pupil participation

Why is learner voice important?

It is important for young people to have their voice heard. One of the ways this can happen is through learner voice or pupil participation. This allows learners to contribute to decisions about the running of the school, raise issues and share their experiences. It is an opportunity for those taking part to develop a wide range of skills they will go on to use in the workplace and in every other aspect of their lives.

The Scottish Government’s proposals to improve pupil participation in the life and work of schools are contained within the Governance Review next Steps, published June 2017.

2018 Year of Young People is an opportunity to celebrate young people and the people who support them.

More information

Ex-Cite.ed developed as part of the educational governance review, contains young people’s views on the key priorities for education.

Leaders of learning - a project to put young people at the heart of their learning.

Research from The Children’s Commissioner and Stirling University looking at how pupil participation supports achievement.

On 24th August 2015, over 100 children and young people from primary and secondary schools across Scotland met in Oban to discuss their views on educational attainment, rural challenges, participation and children’s rights and A Fairer Scotland. Feedback from the day has been shared with Ministers, Scottish Government and youth organisations.  A short highlight film of the day was made.