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Giving power to pupils is the right approach

Involving students in school decision-making not only reinforces their rights – it also boosts exam results, says the children and young people’s commissioner

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The Scottish government’s governance review – for which consultation closed a fortnight ago – asks a number of important questions about how Scottish education is organised and run, and invited responses from across the sector.

Its foreword suggests that “successful systems [are] those where governance and accountability are inclusive, adaptable and flexible”. The consultation sought views from teachers, parents, local authorities – as well as from children and young people themselves. I regard the most important question to be, “How can children [and others] play a stronger role in school ...

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