The term ‘pupil voice’ refers to ways of listening to the views of pupils and/or involving them in decision-making. A feature of effective school leadership is engaging pupils as active participants in their education and in making a positive contribution to their school and local community.
Bengeworth CE Academy 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 school decision making are:
It encourages pupils to become active participants in a democratic society - by holding pupil parliament and committees which develop skills such as co-operation and communication and encourage them to take responsibility.
It contributes to achievement and attainment - young people involved in participative 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.