Study type: 
Group study

Effective Use of Pupil Voice

Improve the learning experience of your pupils by including their voice in decision-making and staff evaluation

How to use this course

This course is comprised of 3 units.

Each unit is aimed at a distinct group: senior leaders, teaching staff and pupils.

Units can be delivered in one session, or split into two shorter sessions each, depending on available time and audience.

Author and trainer

Yvonne Lewington


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.

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.

This course has been written by educational consultant Yvonne Lewington, and draws on evidence from further and higher education where the use of pupil voice was initially developed.