By Julia Flutter

Consulting scholars considers the capability merits and implications of chatting with scholars approximately instructing and studying at school, exploring its impression at diverse degrees. Key matters incorporated are: * the significance of attractive younger newbies in a targeted discussion approximately studying* the function of scholar session in aiding faculties to advance new instructions for development* the broader implications of student session and participation in educating the foundations of citizenship and democracy. via examples of scholar session projects in basic and secondary faculties, the authors reveal how an time table for switch in line with students' views on educating and studying can be utilized to enhance lecture room perform. a part of the what is In It For faculties series aimed at making academic coverage matters suitable to practitioners, this booklet should be a precious source for practitioners, scholars and researchers drawn to exploring scholars' views on educating and studying.

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School Councils UK, an organisation supporting school council initiatives, has also seen a rising demand for its training and resources for schools (for details of resources produced by School Councils UK see the ‘Recommended Reading’ section). In many schools the school council role is limited to discussion of pupils’ concerns about facilities, uniforms and rules but there is evidence that schools are willing to adopt innovative approaches. Hannam (1999) cites examples of school councils in English schools which have been involved in interviewing applicants for teaching posts, reviewing teaching and learning strategies and discussing curriculum content.

Across schools a wide range of issues has been drawn under the spotlight including assessment, group work, science teaching, use of information technology and creative writing skills. Some schools have focused on certain pupil groups which are causing particular concern (for example, Year 3 (7–8-year-olds) and Year 8 have been looked at in some schools because of an observed dip in pupil performance). Focusing on a specific issue or group, and using a clearly defined set of questions, has some advantages.

As Black et al. Consulting pupils: principles and approaches 45 (2002) point out, these approaches have an important role in promoting independent learning: Pupils should be encouraged to keep in mind the aims of their work and to assess their own progress to meet these aims as they proceed. They will then be able to guide their own work, and so become independent learners. , 2002: 12) Profile 7 describes one-to-one pupil consultation in action in a secondary school and is followed by an example of an innovative technique, developed by a practitioner in the special school sector, which provides a useful tool for accessing the views of pupils who find it hard to put their thoughts into words.

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