Collaborative decision-making improves productivity and engagement and nurtures wellbeing.

A valuable resource

Most educators recognise the need for collaboration with pupils but lack the resources, mindsets and skills to achieve it. Pupil Participation provides that important link. The articles on this website all have a solid professional and research base, and demonstrate the effectiveness of whole school Collaborative Decision Making. Gathering best practice from the past, this website also taps into what educators and students will need in the coming years.

Expertise and experience

Dr Geraldine Rowe has worked in over 100 schools in several UK Local Authorities. Her background as a teacher, academic and Educational Psychologist enables her to combine both theory and practical experience from over 30 years of visiting classrooms and talking with pupils, teachers, head teachers and parents.

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  • Storm, norm, collaborate!
    This article uses a well-known model of group processes – often referred to as Storm Norm Perform –  to describe how a teacher or school leader can be a catalyst in the development of a collaborative group culture. In 1965 educational psychologist Bruce Tuckman analysed 50 published studies of group processes and  came up with a description of how the individuals in a newly-formed group respond to each other and the task in hand, and how this changes as the group evolves and become established. Although Tuckman’s work is often referred to by the phrase, ‘storm, norm, perform’, his most…
  • No child will ever return to the school they left
    As I write this blog, schools all around the world are closed to all but a small number of students and, in the UK alone, millions of parents are struggling to educate their children at home. We do not know how long the coronavirus measures will go on for. What we do know is that when schools reopen things will be different. To paraphrase a famous saying of Heraclitus, ‘No child will ever return to the school they left, for it’s not the same school and he’s not the same child.’
  • Why school leaders should put themselves first
    No date has been agreed for the reopening of schools and yet there is already much discussion about how transition might be planned and what schools might look like, post-covid. There is no doubt that school staff, teaching and non-teaching, will be looking for ways to make the transition back into school as painless and productive as possible for the students. However, this can only happen if teachers, teaching assistants and those managing them are in a secure and happy place themselves.