How much say should students have?
A teaching union has said pupils are wrongly being used to interview prospective teachers and give feedback on how well they perform in class. Should students be involved in the selection process?
The concept of student voice was developed in the early 1990s as a way of allowing pupils to participate in school decision making. The NASUWT union says involving pupils in making judgements about the suitability for posts and competence in the classroom is unacceptable. It also says the system is being abused by head teachers seeking legitimacy for their arguments.
But the Association of School and College Leaders general secretary, Dr John Dunford, says students are very astute at "articulating what works well and how weaker areas could be improved in the classroom" and it is useful to have students views about interviewees.
How far should student participation go? How should pupils participate in decision making? Are you a teacher, a parent or a student? What are your experiences of student voice?