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Participation and pupil voice (DfE Senior Mental Health Leads)

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About this course

This interactive workshop supports attendees to create an action plan for participation within their school, giving you the opportunity to reflect on current pupil voice activities within your own setting, develop a plan to implement a whole-school approach to participation and discuss any concerns or difficulties they may have about doing this.

This workshop will run from 10am -1:30pm with breaks.


Why take this course?

  • Incorporating the voice of students into the policy- and decision-making process of a school can achieve wide-ranging benefits for both the school and its students. These can include improved academic attainment, more positive relationships across the school community, a reduction in exclusions as well as improving emotional literacy and behaviour.
  • Delivered in two parts, this course combines an understanding of participation theory with an opportunity to share best practice and receive personalised feedback on the action plans developed.
  • Designed for Senior Mental Health Leads and accredited by the Department for Education, the course examines the link between pupil voice, resilience and positive social and emotional outcomes. It also explores ways to review current practice and strengthen the impact of pupil engagement across the whole school community.
  • Senior Mental Health Leads in schools are still eligible to have their place on the course funded entirely by the DfE.

The course is run in two parts:

Part 1: Understanding how to promote participation to improve outcomes.

Building the foundations for embedding pupil voice within your setting, we will explore the principles of good participation and the different areas of school life that can benefit from pupil voice activities. 

At the end of part 1, you will start drafting a pupil voice plan for your setting which can be submitted to the course facilitators before part 2.

Part 2: Implementing an inclusive and effective approach to pupil voice.

We will focus on the importance of hearing from a diverse range of voices and how to identify and remove barriers to achieve the best outcomes for the whole school community.

There will be space in this session to receive feedback on your plan so you can develop this further into something workable for your school.

“Thanks to Bella and Dave for leading a super couple of sessions, they were flexible in their approach and really got to know me and the School setting to be able to support specifically.”

About the funding:

If you would like to secure your place on our course or know a member of staff who would, please follow the three steps to ensure you access funding:

  1. First, read the guidance on the training and grant application process
  2. Then, complete the DfE grant funding form to access the funding. 
  3. You can then book your place on the course above. You will be asked for confirmation of your booking in order to claim your grant from the DfE. Further information can be found here.

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Please note: YoungMinds is not liable for the reimbursement of any costs, should a DfE grant application not be successful.

Learning outcomes

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During this course, participants will:

  • establish a shared understanding of pupil voice
  • explore what participation is and how it could work in your school
  • explore how embedding participation can improve outcomes for the whole school community
  • consider how we can ensure that our work is inclusive, collaborative and enhancing
The trainers were friendly and supportive. The course materials were presented well, easy to navigate and apply within my setting. Although I had an idea of pupil voice and participation, this course outlined in greater detail how to apply to all pupils for an inclusive and holistic approach. Also, the trainers shared current and creative ways to obtain pupil feedback.

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