I will... the impact of pupil voice

Hearing pupils’ own words about their experiences of learning can have a powerful impact.

Here are a few examples of what teachers and support staff decided to do differently, after reading pupil voice about talk in their classrooms:

  • I will give more time for children to answer.

  • I will talk less.

  • I will think about which children talk the most.

  • I will make a positive comment to children who don’t think they are the ‘good children’.

  • I will have more confidence in every child’s ability.

It’s hard to overestimate the value of pupil voice. Children love to be asked; it’s there at our fingertips whenever we need it, and it consistently triggers reflection among practitioners - ultimately leading to improved practice.

A handwritten comment from a pupil