You have the right to be involved in decisions that affect you at school

This includes having your say in decisions made about extra support you may need at school. You should be listened to, treated fairly and have your views respected and taken seriously.

It’s not always easy to speak up at school, but having your say can help make sure that things work out better for you.Listening spelled out with fridge magnet letters

If you feel like you need help to have your say, an advocate (also called an advocacy worker) can support you 

4 ways an advocate can help you:
  1. they can go with you to meetings at school
  2. they can help you work out what you want to say
  3. they can help you get your views across and speak for you if you want them to
  4. they can make sure your rights are looked after and that your views and wishes are fully listened to when decisions are made.

Your school, parents or carers should be able to help you find an advocate.

Watch this film to find out more about how an advocate can help you to use your voice at school

Your voice – what young people say about why it’s good to have an advocate:

[The teachers] were listening. It’s much better now. I feel better. I can speak in meetings.

I felt like you being there and supporting me definitely made them listen.

If you’re aged 12 – 15 and want help to use your rights and have a say, the service My Rights, My Say is here for you. 

Find out more about My Rights, My Say 

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