Pupil Participation, Voice, Rights and Citizenship

Pupil Voice


‘The importance of student voice’ by Thomas Holsten Leren


”But I listen to children anyway!’ – teacher perspectives on pupil voice’ by Sara Bragg

‘Pupil Voice is Here to Stay!’ by Professor Jean Rudduck


Review of the Professional Standards: The Experiences of Children and Young People, September 2018
The GTCS commissioned Children in Scotland to engage
directly with children and young people, specifically
on the area of ‘values’ within the Professional Standards




Reach website – to help young people understand their rights to extra support in school:

Reach is Enquire’s service for young people

Enquire website: Children’s rights to extra support with their learning:

My Rights, My Say



Together: Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights


Rights Respecting Schools

Resources for Rights Respecting Schools


How young people’s participation in school supports achievement and attainment
Published by the Children’s Commissioner in 2015, this document describes a research project which looked at the impact of participation and rights-based education on attainment in seven Scottish secondary schools. Available from:

The introduction (pp4-16) of ‘Putting children at the centre: a practical guide to children’s participation’
Save the Children, online at https://resourcecentre.savethechildren.net/library/putting-children-centre-practical-guide-childrens-participation
One of the most accessible introductions to the idea of young people’s participation.

Young people’s participation in decision making in Scotland: attitudes and perceptions – research findings 8/2018


Education Scotland: Learner Participation in Educational Settings (3-18)


WOSDEC Global Learning Centre

Participation Resources from Signposts for Global Citizenship

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