Pupil Voice in Special Schools

Two special schools help pupils influence their own learning The Pupil Voice Special Schools Group co-ordinated by the University of Hertfordshire Education Dept is an action research group which concerns itself with how profound and multiple learning disability (PMLD) pupils can participate effectively in the learning choices being offered to them. Participating schools use a variety of strategies, including close observation techniques on video, and differentiated resources, to help students express their choices. This programme looks at the work of two north London schools who are part of the group: Kingsley High School for students up to 18, and Oakleigh Primary for 2-11s. At Kingsley we look at how student voice is expressed about break and lunch times. At Oakleigh the focus is more curriculum based. The school wants to make sure that when it comes to decisions about their own learning that the choice is the student’s own and not the teachers.

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