Listening to the thoughts, feelings and opinions of the pupils you teach is a key practice for improving the learning experience in your school.

Involving pupils in decision-making and staff evaluation allows teachers to improve their practice and understand the ways in which their teaching is supporting and engaging pupils in the classroom.

Schools which are committed to actively and proactively listening to pupils and reflecting on their practice are able to adapt and improve quickly while building strong relationships with their pupils.

In addition, pupils are more able to reflect on and talk about their own learning with the adults who teach them and with inspectors when they visit the school.

Aims and outcomes

To support your school in setting up a culture of pupil voice, this course will:

  • inform the leadership team: provide an overview to senior and middle leaders which supports implementation of pupil voice in school and tackle any issues that may arise
  • introduce the use of pupil voice to staff: encourage staff to understand the benefits of listening to pupil feedback and how this can improve their practice
  • ensure pupils are prepared: guide the selected pupils through the necessary skills and responsibilities in their involvement in a pupil voice framework.

Course content

  • Unit 1: Overview for senior leaders
    • Unit 2: Introduction for staff
      • Unit 3: Working with pupils


        Yvonne Lewington has a wealth of teaching, training and school improvement experience across primary, middle and secondary schools. She works with schools, local authorities and other organisations to support school improvement, change management...