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Last reviewed on 12 April 2021
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See how you can develop pupil voice in your school, including principles, strategies and resources. Plus, see examples of how schools have encouraged pupils to engage in school decision-making.

Every child has the right to respect for their views

Many schools follow the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) to embed pupil voice in their schools. The UNCRC is a document that outlines children's rights in various contexts, and underpins all work carried out by UNICEF.

Article 12 of the UNCRC relates to respect for the views of the child, and states that:

  • Every child has the right to express their views freely in all matters affecting them
  • Parties (e.g. schools, parents) should give due weight according to the age and maturity of the child

See the summary and full convention for more detail.

Although you're not required by law to comply with the UNCRC (as explained in this archived DfE guidance), it's good practice to do so. 

As a school, you can also work towards accreditation to become a Rights Respecting School.

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