Is school fair and the same for everyone? What kind of decisions at school would you like to have more of a say in? Do you feel you would be listened to?
These are just some of the questions that over a thousand pupils looked at for a government research project called Excite.Ed.
Young people also got the chance to make a pitch to the Deputy First Minister John Swinney with some of their top ideas for making schools better, like….
- being able to choose your guidance teacher so you’re sure it’s someone you will be comfortable talking to.
- having a feedback board so that you know what’s happening as a result of you sharing your views.
- taking the pressure off exam time by making 40% of coursework count towards the final grade.
- having more e-learning so that the same subject choices could be offered whether you’re in a big city school or a little rural one.
- a pupil government being elected and given the chance to share the pupils’ voices with teachers, parents, other schools and decision makers.