Children have the right to be consulted in matters affecting their lives - that includes their schooling, but how do we effectively engage and include them in the process?
Shout Out Suffolk was an ambitious project that aimed to address this issues, especially since educational outcomes in Suffolk have been highlighted to have been amongst the poorest in the country, with league tables placing Suffolk 142nd out of 151 UK counties. Shout out Suffolk was a project that aimed to utilise professional, social and virtual networks to facilitate young people engaging and feeding back on local education standards in order to improve them.
A committed team of RSA Fellows with wide range of expertise were already involved in the project. They helped in three key areas:
Engagement – facilitating a variety of creative activities and discussion groups with Suffolk young people to raise awareness of Raising the Bar and fostering meaningful participation.
Inclusion – positively seeking out the views of previously ignored young people and working with hard to reach groups, this approach will facilitate inclusion from disadvantaged, disengaged and disabled young people.
Innovation in research and dissemination – using a virtual scrapbook and new social media to raise awareness of the project and collate the data.
If you are interested in finding out more about the learnings from this project, do get in touch with the team.
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