Children and young people have a right to ‘have a voice in matters which affect them and their views will be given due weight in accordance with their age and maturity.’ (Article 12 UNCRC).
NCCA values childrens’ and young people’s ‘unique perspectives on learning, teaching and schooling’ and recognises that ‘they should be afforded opportunities to actively shape their education’. (Cook-Sather, 2006).
Student Voice – the BRIDGE to Learning project (2016 – 2019) is an Erasmus project which aims to empower students to participate meaningfully and collaboratively in improving their experience of school, encouraging their engagement in learning and improving teacher-student relationships.
NCCA is working in partnership with Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) alongside colleagues in Slovenia, Netherlands, Hungary and Scotland.
The Learner Voice Research study (2014 – 2017) set out to address two objectives:
The Negotiated Integrated Curriculum (NIC) involved teachers negotiating and enacting the curriculum with their students around student concerns.
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