The voice of specialist further education

Learner voice

Staff in specialist colleges continuously communicate with learners to understand their wants and needs to make sure their voices are heard. For some providers, this could be the extent of what is deemed ‘learner voice’ work. For others, it is just part of an approach that spans and shapes organisations.  

Examples of different approaches include: 

  • Learner Councils/ Student Unions  
  • Learner representation on governing bodies 
  • Learner involvement in college self-assessment processes 
  • Learner involvement in curriculum and transition planning 
  • Learner-led initiatives 

Many colleges have a student body where elected or appointed representatives play leadership roles in actively seeking the views of all the young people they represent.  The resources below include a framework to support learners in undertaking their own research to seek the views and preferences of their peers.

If you would like to know more about our work supporting colleges to develop the learner voice or if you are interested in joining our Learner voice network contact

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