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Introduction
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Pupil voice is the ‘buzz word’ of the twenty-first century, as well as being an essential aspect of personalisation and inclusion. The citizenship curriculum, the revised OFSTED inspection framework, and the National Healthy School Standard (NHSS) supporting Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) have all helped to emphasise the importance of pupil voice and participation. Pupil voice is central to the Every Child Matters (ECM) agenda, which honours and recognises the rights of children and young people enacted through the five ECM outcomes: be healthy; stay safe; enjoy and achieve; make a positive contribution; and achieve economic well-being. Every Child Matters places a moral obligation on schools and other educational settings to acknowledge the rights, voice and choice of its pupils.