"Children who are capable of forming views have a right to receive and make known information, to express an opinion, and to have that opinion taken in to account to age, maturity and capability of the child."
- There is a fine balance to be struck between giving a child a voice and encouraging them to make informed decisions, and over-burdening them with decision-making - particularly where they may have insufficient experience and knowledge
- Where possible, children should participate in decision-making processes including:
- Setting learning goals and outcomes
- Contributing to assessment and planning
- Having discussions about choice of school and provision
- Contributing to review and progression planning.
This checklist was drawn up by young people:
- Show us respect
- Involve us in deciding/organising what/when/where
- Make sure adults don’t take over
- Make things more interesting - make things fun
- Don’t make it too serious (making activities user-friendly)
- Pay attention: don’t talk: listen
- Let us talk with decision makers
- Let us know what is going on
- Talk afterwards and explain things
'I don't know whether I've been listened to?'
'You never see the same person twice and they don't make decisions'
'Sometimes I worry about where I will live'
'I like it when teachers ask me if I need help. I find Maths hard'
'People ask me the same stupid questions'