Promoting student participation in school linking projects

A toolkit for teachers and students

KS2: ages 7-11KS3: ages 11-14KS4: ages 14-16PDF

This toolkit has been developed by the charity Plan UK to support schools that take part in Plan’s school linking projects – but it’s really useful for any school involved in school partnerships or wanting to improve pupil voice in their school.

Starting from a rights-based approach, the toolkit offers advice for both primary and secondary teachers and students on how students can be involved in the management of the school link. It proposes that students set up a ‘Student Steering Committee’ to support, manage, sustain and advocate for the school link within the school and the wider community. This is an excellent way of ensuring that students are the driving force behind the link and that their voices and opinions are heard.

There are mini case studies throughout from schools all around the world, and lots of ideas and resources for those new to participating in decision-making processes. It’s a great way to get students exploring issues such as children’s rights, democracy and good governance as well as getting direct experience of managing meetings, voicing their opinions and organising events.

Download the toolkit here:


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