Engaging pupils: pupil voice

Mental health and wellbeing depend on having a sense of self-belief and control. Pupils need to feel they have influence and a ‘voice’.

Pupil voice is about real consultation and participation. It means involving all pupils in decision making about their own learning, classroom and school life.

Done well, it can help all pupils:

  • build a vital and protective school bond
  • take responsibility for and improve their own learning
  • develop through reflection and inquiry
  • enhance their sense of self
  • develop their social skills
  • help staff and governors in school improvement

Peer education

This is a related approach to empower young people to work together and draw on the positive strength of the peer group.  

When there is a sense of ownership, wellbeing methods are more likely to be effective and to last.

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