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Pupil participation: a best practice guide

This report explores four characteristics of schools with strong pupil participation and identifies the contribution pupil participation can make to school improvement as well as the benefits to pupils themselves. Read more >

07 December 2016

‘Pupil voice’ benefits pupils and helps schools to improve

Schools that give pupils a strong voice and involve them in decision-making have four characteristics in common according to a report published today by Estyn. Read more >

Pupils work with staff to influence what they learn

Heronsbridge Special School skilfully-organised pupil participation opportunities contribute to developing pupils’ self-confidence and social skills. Over time, many pupils develop their independence and take increasing responsibility for themselves and their learning in line with their needs and ability. Read more >

Pupils evaluate the quality of provision at their school

Ysgol Gynradd Llanllechid actively involves pupils in all areas of school improvement and engages them regularly in evaluating the quality of provision across the school. Nearly all pupils feel that the school listens to them. Pupils respond confidently to the opportunities that they have to influence and make decisions. Read more >

Pupils help develop school strategic direction

Ysgol Penmaes focuses on developing varied participation opportunities for the whole-school community and recognises that this has a positive impact on relationships throughout the school. They have developed structures and support to allow all pupils to contribute to the school improvement journey. Read more >

Pupils influence and improve the curriculum

Cefn Hengoed Community School has developed a wide range of strategies to involve pupils in decision-making that directly impacts their learning experiences and wellbeing. Strong and committed leadership has resulted in sustained improvements in pupils’ performance and wellbeing. Read more >

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Creating a welcoming learning environment

Staff at Cylch Meithrin Boddffordd work together as a team to transform a school hall into a stimulating place to learn every day. Read more >

Managing a merger of two schools so high standards of learning are maintained

When Cyfarthfa Park Primary School was formed senior staff were able to maintain teaching standards and improve attendance with a development plan that covered all aspects of the new school. Read more >

Haberdashers

Improving pupil wellbeing through pupil engagement

Consulting with learners at Haberdasher’s Monmouth School for Girls has enabled staff to increase pupil wellbeing through more effective Personal, Social and Health Education. Read more >

Gladestry

Pupils working together to plan the curriculum for their school

Learners in Gladestry Primary School work with both teaching staff and each other to set learning targets and improve their school environment. As a result, pupils are highly engaged and attendance is well above average. Read more >

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