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Examples of ways to gather child or young person’s views

“Time and ears are the main tools you need to listen to hear, not listen to respond.”

  • Visual observations and written notes – please see observations page for more information
  • Use of video recording – share in discussions
  • Books and photographs to prompt discussions
  • Puppets/dolls/small world play/avatars
  • Questioning – please see questioning page for more information
  • Music/art work
  • Providing choices
  • Drawings
  • Story writing – can provide a ‘space’ between the child or young person’s internal world and external reality and help them make sense of emotions and deal with issues which may otherwise be overwhelming.
  • Sand tray and other play-based strategies

Useful websites:

Buckinghamshire have developed a toolkit to gain pupil views.

East Sussex County Council – A toolkit developed for ‘Assessment for learning’. It can be used to gain Pupil Voice individually through to a whole school approach.

The Croydon Council website has a leaflet with ideas for gaining pupil views.

Derby City Council has developed several toolkits to gain pupil views:

Promoting The Voices Of Autistic Children | University of Southampton

The Autism Community Research Network @ Southampton (ACoRNS) is a collaboration between Southampton researchers and local schools, colleges and nurseries who are interested in researching and sharing good practice in educational provision for children on the autism spectrum. ACoRNS was set up in 2017 with funding from the University’s Public Engagement with Research Unit (PERU). Research focuses on how to access the voices and views of children in meaningful ways that can give educational settings a real understanding of each child.

Autism Transitions: An autism transitions project. This project is a collaboration between The University of Southampton and Aviary Nursery in Eastleigh.

Last updated 6 October 2020

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