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School Councils - School Improvement

This report is the culmination of a 3 year action research project, facilitated by School Councils UK and written by Professor Lynn Davies of the University of Birmingham.

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In 2004, School Councils UK commissioned the first in-depth action research project to explore the potential of genuine pupil participation to improve schools.

The project manager, an experienced teacher, worked with researchers in eight London secondary schools between September 04 and July 07.  Staff, students and the School Councils were encouraged to innovate, explore and push the boundaries over the three years.

You can download the report and the findings below:

School Councils - School Improvement: Summary of findings (847kb)
School Councils - School Improvement: Full report (3.44mb)

This report has been launched in conjunction with a Department for Children Schools and Families report, 'Real Decision Making? School Councils in Action', written by Geoff Whitty of the Institute of Education.  This report can be downloaded from the DCSF site, here.

To read Lord Andrew Adonis's speech at the launch event for both research reports, please click here.

To read more about the launch event and other media coverage, click here.