Initial Project Summary
From an early age young people are capable of insightful and constructive
analysis of their experiences of learning in school and they have
a contribution to make to the development of strategies for improving
learning and raising achievement.
The Network sought to open up, with teachers, new dimensions
of classroom practice where they think pupil perspectives can make
a difference, and to disseminate good practice. A Network membership
of interested teachers and researchers was built up.
There were five core research initiatives:
- Identifying manageable strategies for consulting pupils and
evaluating the outcomes.
- Understanding how teachers respond to and use pupil perspectives
to improve teaching and learning in different subjects.
- Involving pupils as researchers in ways that help them to manage
learning more effectively.
- Exploring with different groups of pupils how the social conditions
of the classroom affect their participation and identities as
- Building a commitment to pupil perspectives and participation
into the organisation of the school.
A sixth initiative was supporting schools directly, through small
grants, in developing innovative ways of using pupil perspectives
to enhance engagement and progress.
A linked Career Development Associate, Julia Flutter, was analysing
the growth of interest in pupil voice and examining the different
constructions of childhood and youth it represents. This study was
integrated with the Network but was also building a coherent analysis
of the growth of interest in 'pupil voice' by charting and explaining
its development in recent years in the UK and elsewhere.