School should be a Joyful Place
– Report by the Children’s Parliament. Find the full document here.
Children’s Parliament is Scotland’s Centre for Excellence for Children’s Participation and Engagement. Our work draws on children’s participation in Children’s Parliament programmes, projects and consultations from 2008 to 2016. Some work is named in the body of the report, all of the referenced work is identified in the appendix. The illustrations come from several Children’s Parliament programmes and consultations and from a workshop with children in December 2016 where they reviewed our findings and authenticated the key messages presented here. The views and experiences shared in this report give us much food for thought, especially in the context of Scotland’s aspiration of becoming the best place to go to school. What children have said has also been the basis of a formal submission to the Scottish Government’s Education Governance Review (2016).
Six Themes were identified by the children and projects used.
Part 1: A school that is excellent and equal
Part 2: Having a say about learning and life at school
Part 3: Support at school
Part 4: Getting parents and carers involved with school
Part 5: Teachers
Part 6: Other topics • Play, sport and physical activity • Poverty • Technology • Homework • Wellbeing