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Student voice 'abused'

Plans that could give pupils more say in how their schools are run have sparked an angry reaction from a teaching union. The NASUWT has called for regulations about school councils and associate pupil governors to be reviewed, claiming the abuse of student voice had "spiralled out of control". The union claims the proposals could lead to pupils being included in talks relating to staff issues including pay and discipline matters. Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT, said: "Children are not small adults. They are in school to learn, not to manage either the school or the staff. The regulations must be amended to exclude specifically the involvement of children and young people in activities that allow them to make judgments about the suitability of teachers for posts and teachers' competencies in the classroom." An Assembly government spokesman said teaching unions were being "actively involved and consulted" on the new guidance, which is currently being drafted.

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