Collaborative decision-making improves engagement and nurtures wellbeing.

Teachers and pupils of all ages and backgrounds can collaborate to make important decisions about what goes on in their schools and classrooms. At Pupil Participation we encourage and support teachers and pupils to collaborate in decisions that affect the whole class and school.

These decisions can be about curriculum, discipline, the environment, or resource and time management. Collaborative decision-making has the potential to make a significant difference to well-being and educational outcomes, particularly for under-privileged pupils, and is an area where substantial school change has yet to take place.

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Say “Hello” to the Educational Psychologist

Whilst recognising the importance of respecting pupils, schools very rarely seek the consent of pupils before requesting the involvement of professionals. Both schools and the Educational Psychology profession need to find better ways of addressing this. This article focuses on consent from pupils for the involvement of an Educational psychologist (EP), as that is my…
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Bloops and bleeps: closing the wrong gap

Educators should now be focusing on closing the product gap (the way in which schools fail to cater for certain populations) rather on the idea of helping low-achieving groups to somehow catch up with the others. Investing in changing the low-achieving system rather than changing the pupils whose achievement is limited by the way the…
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Storm, norm, collaborate!

Teachers and school leaders can benefit from a well-known model of group process psychology – Form, Storm, Norm, Perform –  to design their own role in the development of a collaborative group culture. Although the storming phase may feel uncomfortable for some, it is a vital developmental stage of an effective group. In a truly…
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No child will ever return to the school they left

As schools plan to reopen for all students, they can learn from the experiences of schools in Japan and New Zealand, where earthquakes, tsunami’s and nuclear disasters not only closed schools but shook the whole community. Teachers identified what helped and what hindered their attempts to get their schools up and running again. Unexpectedly, students…
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