Exploring Student Voice Conference exemplar

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Education Scotland, Scotland
Purpose of the material: 

This material was developed by Education Scotland and East Lothian Council and was originally developed for the Student Voice: Bridge to Learning conference in Scotland, in May 2018.  It provides a learning conference plan for practitioners and includes a PPT for the cooperative learning activity.


Conference plan is below.   Please also see Appendix 2:  Activating Learner Voice PPT.


09.30 -           Registration

10.00 -           Welcome – Ross High School Pupil Leadership Team

                        Nick Morgan, Education Scotland

10.45 -           Local Authority participation initiatives - Caroline Davis, ELC

11.25 -           Learner participation in the classroom  -   Musselburgh Grammar Lead Learner Team


Workshop Plan – Activating student voice in learning & teaching

  1. Learning intentions – Caroline, Zoe + pupils – brief introduction of learning intentions and success criteria for the task. (Slide attached!)   - 5 mins


  1. Organise participants into groups   -  10 mins


  • Start by asking for examples of hello from the different partner countries  (Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Slovenia, Scotland) – pupils could ask everyone to repeat this as a whole group.
  • Ask participants to move into mixed country groups by walking round, saying hello in the different languages and forming multilingual/international groups.  Each group should have around 4 to 5 languages.
  • There are 37 delegates altogether + pupils so if they could create 8 groups of 4 or 5 that would be great.
  • Once seated in groups, please ask delegates to introduce themselves to each other including their names, school background, country and interest in the project.


  1. Group Activity  - 15 minutes
  • The activity will be to look at how do you activate student voice in the classroom in 4 different areas:

Planning -Learning and teaching -Assessment-Evaluation / Feedback


  • Each group will be assigned one expert area (Planning, L&T, Assessment and Evaluation & Feedback)
  • Their task is to:
  • Define the importance of student voice in your area:   e.g. describe the impact of student voice in planning 
  • Brainstorm as many ideas as they can in their area and display your ideas on a poster i.e. Come up with as many ideas as you can for activating student voice in lesson planning.
  • Pupils can participate in the groups and play an active role in the task.
  • I’ll bring task sheets, pens and A3 paper for the group task.


  1. Gallery Walkround  - 10 mins


  • Ask delegates to display their posters either on their tables or on the walls (I’ll bring blue tack for this) 
  • Move back into country group.
  • Move round each poster (2 mins per poster) – whoever participated in its development, will then present that poster to their country group.


  1. Plenary – 5 mins


  • Move back into country groups
  • Debrief and discuss – what will you take back? Pick one thing per area.
  • Sharing and feedback – ask for feedback on what different delegates will take away from the task.
  • We will collect in the brainstorms and will type them up to be shared with all partner countries as an Intellectual Output.
  • Thank you to everyone for their contribution!


12.15 -           Lunch – Hotel restaurant

13.00 - 13.45  -  Workshop 1 - Ross High School

13.50 - 14.35  -  Workshop 2 - Musselburgh Grammar

14.40 - 15.25  -  Workshop 3 - North Berwick High School

15.30             Plenary – North Berwick High School Lead Learners

16.00             Close 


Presentation files  - Please click image to go to full PP


This planning framework is designed to support a conference for education practitioners, led by pupils and designed to share practice and develop thinking around student voice.

How you can use this material in your practice: 

This material could be used in classroom practice or to replicate a conference in your own context.


This material reflects only the author’s view; the Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.