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In 2007, the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People’s (NICCY) Democra-School guidance pack was developed with the co-operation and involvement of pupils, teachers, and key officials at board and department level. The Democra-School guidance pack contained practical advice on how to set-up, or improve, pupil participation within school. Every school in Northern Ireland received a copy of the pack.
In the absence of the Department of Education (DE) having a specific policy in place to make sure that children and young people are involved in having a say in decisions that affect their lives within the school environment, NICCY worked with the Northern Ireland Youth Forum (NIYF) to:
Following advice from pupils and teachers, this guidance has now been updated and renamed as Pupils’ Voices. ‘Pupils’ Voices’ is a way to promote, support and enhance pupils having a say in school.
The guidance in this pack is based on the exchange of information and identifying good practice that was gathered through the Democra-School project and our recent work with NIYF. We have also used key pieces of policy and legislation, best practice examples, and the UNCRC as a benchmark for the work.