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ERIC Number: ED538684
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep-24
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Good Listeners--The Context: Hearing the Voices of Children and Young People
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education
Outcomes for children and young people in their learning and in their lives often improve when they are actively involved in decision making. The increasing recognition of rights of children and young people to be heard, to have their views taken seriously and involved in decisions is expressed in national and international developments in legislation and policy. Improving Scottish Education reported good practice in involving children and young people but it also recurred as an aspect for development. References to "better use of the child's voice" and developing a "sense of personal responsibility for their own learning" appear as aspects for improvement in the primary and secondary sectors and the need to increase the participation of children and families is highlighted in relation to child protection services. This report provides the legislative context and policy background to a series which highlights good practice in how staff in the universal services of education and health and in targeted services including statutory, voluntary and independent organisations are increasingly using the voices of children and young people to improve the quality of experience and outcomes achieved. The reports will have a common introduction but illustrate good practice specific to the sector or service. Listening to and engaging learners is an area where improved processes can improve outcomes. The report should be used to share, evaluate and increase good practice in this important area. (Contains 19 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education (HMIe) (Scotland)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child