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Strategies to encourage pupil voice



  • Active school council with wide representation
  • Pupil Governors
  • Surveys and questionnaires
  • Discussion and working groups
  • Review and feedback to pupils to tell them how their involvement has made a difference
  • Extended opportunities to those in vulnerable groups with support
  • Age appropriate opportunities for young people to make decisions which will affect their future
  • Pupils actively engaged in discussing, reviewing and evaluating emotional health and wellbeing provision in their school as well as sanctions for breaking the rules
  • Peer group support
  • Listening and befriending programmes
  • Peer mediation
  • Suggestion box and decision making ideas
  • E-surveys and e-discussion groups
  • Whole school approach to developing communication skills and citizenship

Key adults involved

  • All staff responsible

Targeted Support


  • The use of screening and assessment tools which include self-report
  • Interventions targeting emotional literacy and Speech, Language and Communication
  • Interventions targeting social skills and expressive language
  • Access to school counsellor or group interventions
  • Communication passport
  • Confidential ‘bullying Box’

Key adults involved

  • Special educational needs support staff
  • Form tutors
  • Key workers
  • External Agencies

Specialist Support


  • Offer pupils who are unable to communicate their views, thoughts and feelings through non-confrontational or conventional means. Use of specialist services and professionals qualified in working with

Key adults involved

  • Counsellors
  • Educational Psychologists
  • Specialist teachers
  • Social services
  • SENDIASS Young person Advisor

Strategies to encourage pupil voice self audit tool