Are we giving a minority of children too much power?

The Quirky Teacher

I’ve been meaning to write this blog post for a while. Basically, I am concerned about the possible consequences of ‘Student Voice’ in primary schools and I’ll start by summing them up:

  • Children who are given extra power and voice via a Student Council system seem to have more power and airtime than teachers which seems a bit weird/wrong
  • Children who are given extra power and voice also tend to be middle class/already advantaged and this seems to be rather unfair
  • The whole concept of Student Voice seems to be based on the idea that it’s a good idea to give children adult roles, and the words ‘airs and graces’ springs to mind when I think of this
  • Student Voice is inherently biased towards promoting extroverted children, since it is born out of a popularity contest

For the uninitiated, ‘Student Voice’ is something that Ofsted love, apparently. Children vote for class representatives and…

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