Date
01 April 2020

Support authentic student decision making over matters that affect them

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Collaboratively develop a safe and caring culture and climate’

Students on student voice

Students on student voice

 "... if I can’t have a say in how [school] should be safe then I wouldn’t want to come back here and I wouldn’t feel safe".

Weekly democratic meetings

Weekly democratic meetings

Provide a structured time where students can learn and practice problem solving skills.

Offer multiple ways to participate

Offer multiple ways to participate

Support student decision making with more than just talking.

Consult with all, not just some students

Consult with all, not just some students

Consider how you will ensure that all students can share their perspectives.

Reflective questions

Reflective questions

Adapt for your own context.
  • What approaches do I use to support student decision making and problem solving?
  • How do I build the skills and competencies of students to participate in democratic decision making?
  • What tools and approaches do I offer to ensure every student can participate and share their views?

Useful resources

Useful resources

File

Positive Behaviour for Learning Information sheet: Injecting student voice into positive behaviour approaches

Read time: 1 min

Publisher: Positive Behaviour for Learning

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Collaboratively develop a safe and caring culture and climate”:

Return to the guide “Behaviour and learning”

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