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Stakeholder engagement

How to use pupil voice

Exploring the benefits of pupil voice, effective methods, and the board’s role in supporting pupil participation.


Engaging with pupils and using their views and experiences to inform governing board decisions is key to being an effective board. Governing boards should ensure that schools provide opportunities for pupils to express their views and have these considered.

Schools and trusts that are committed to pupil voice provide time and space for pupil participation, ensure staff have the necessary knowledge and skills, and value the voices of all.

This guide explores: 

  • the benefits of engaging with pupils  
  • methods of engagement for a whole school approach 
  • the governing board's role in pupil voice  
  • questions boards can ask to ensure pupil participation informs decision-making

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