Series: Consulting Pupils about Teaching and Learning

Consulting Pupils: A Toolkit for Teachers

John MacBeath, Helen Demetriou, Jean Rudduck and Kate Myers

£38Pages63FormatA4 looseleafPublication dateJul 03ISBN978 1 85749 846 2

This resource contains examples of a range of manageable consultation strategies – writing-based, talk-based and, for pupils who have difficulty with writing or are shy about talking, image-based approaches to consultation.



1 The national context for pupil consultation

2 Making use of this resource

3 The benefits of consulting pupils

4 What pupils have been consulted about

5 Some practical guidance

The toolbox

6 Three different forms of consultation

7 Overview of the toolbox

8 Strengths and weaknesses of the different approaches

9 Questionnaire-based approaches

  • Quick response questionnaires
  • The two-dimension questionnaire
  • The double checklist
  • The spot check

10 Writing-based approaches

  • The questionnaire with some open questions
  • Sentence completion
  • The self-evaluation log
  • The force field
  • The quick 'post-box' evaluation and the 'listening post'
  • Logs

11 Talk-based approaches

  • Conversations
  • Discussions
  • Interviews

12 Image-based approaches

  • Drawings and paintings
  • Photographs
  • Posters

Cautions and concerns

13 Issues in the process of consultation

14 Involving colleagues and building a commitment


1 Including children in social research

2 Summary of different perspectives on methods of asking children and young people for their views

3 Presentation summary


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