Includem’s new report calls for schools to be underpinned by a children’s rights perspective to ensure that children and young people can have their voices heard, increased provision of whole family support to ‘bridge the gap’ between home and school, and the expansion of restorative practices to both build positive relationships and help young people feel they can put mistakes behind them.
Key findings include:
Martin Dorchester, Chief Executive of includem said:
“The last seventeen months have posed unprecedented challenges for pupils across Scotland, and it is vital that the voices of children and young people are at the heart of their learning moving forward.
“In this report, the young people we work with stress the importance of being supported, understood, and listened to in a learning environment that ensures their rights are respected and upheld, and is underpinned by a culture of mutual respect.
“We must listen to what children and young people have told us they need from their education moving forward, and act on it accordingly. It is our collective
responsibility to ensure they all have the tools and the environment in which their potential can be fully realised.”
The views of 111 young people supported by includem in Aberdeen, Dundee, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, South Lanarkshire, Stirling and West Dunbartonshire.
Meg Thomas, Head of Research, Policy & Participation added:
“The young people involved in this research were already struggling with the school setting before the pandemic. The situation of remote learning and fractured relationships with teachers made a return to school even more difficult for them. They are the young people for whom the fallout of the pandemic will continue for years to come if we don’t listen to what they have said and act on it.”