Bringing ‘pupil participation’ in to the design process.

On 22nd November, Panda will be participating in the Children’s Commissioner Takeover Day. The purpose of the day is to give children and young people a voice in the workplace and give them a chance to be involved in the decision making process.

We are particularly excited to be taking part in the nationwide event, which will see pupils actively involving themselves in the workplace, as the very concept of pupil participation is one that underpins the school-based design aspect of our work.

For our contribution to the Children’s Commissioner Takeover Day, Panda will be getting pupils to re-design their school website as a one day project, from wire-framing to finding inspiration for the creative and understanding how the use of research is important. However our commitment to pupil participation in schools goes much further.

A core feature of Panda’s effective design process is engaging pupils as active participants in their education and therefore making a positive contribution to their school and local community.

Panda offers a unique approach to design that provides pupils with the opportunity to contribute and shape the creative process. Working alongside curriculum guidelines in art and design and ICT, Panda Media develop project-based activities that allow students to contribute to the final design creation and work towards their academic goals.

Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that all children and young people have a right to have their views heard on the decisions that affect their lives and for their views to be taken seriously.

And, whilst design may not be the most important consideration for schools, pupil wellbeing and achievement is. Children and young people should have opportunities to express their opinion on matters that affect their school lives because:

  • It encourages pupils to become active participants in their schools – by participating in the design process, skills such as cooperation and communication are developed and individuals are encouraged to take responsibility.
  • It contributes to achievement and attainment – young people involved in participative work benefit in a range of different ways. Increased confidence, self-respect, competence and an improved sense of responsibility have all been reported by young people who contribute in school.
  • Schools also report increased motivation and engagement with learning.

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