SWP believes that learning is more meaningful and pupils learn more when they are engaged in their learning. We believe that this must involve more than just taking part in lessons. Real engagement means participation in decisions that affect their schooling.
‘Pupil voice’ is a popular concept that is already embedded in government guidelines. Curriculum requirements across the UK include developing pupils’ abilities to take part in discussion, and to contribute to the life of the school. In England, enabling children to make a positive contribution is one of the five outcomes of Every Child Matters.