Ashley Wright

Primary Teacher

Whitelees Primary

  • Classroom Organisation & Management

What Happens When Suggestion Boxes Are Used Within the Classroom?


Following the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1990) Article 12 Respect the View of the Child which states a child should have the right to express their views freely, there has been an increase in initiatives that seek to listen to the views of the child in all aspects concerning their wellbeing (Florain et al, 2007). An emerging trend on online platforms, such as social media sites, is the use of suggestion boxes within a classroom setting. These boxes seek to provide the children with a tangible platform where they can express their opinions or concerns (Wein, 2014), whereby this platform can take the form of a worry box, comment box, or dropbox. A literature review on the effectiveness of these methodologies within classrooms revealed challenges in finding academic evidence of their effectiveness. However, a study conducted by Young (2018) found a positive effect on the decrease of symptoms of anxiety for participants of the study. Based on the positive impact on the wellbeing of participants that Young (2018) reported, one of the most relevant assessment tools in gauging effectiveness is using the Getting It Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) health and wellbeing indicators of safe, healthy, active, nurtured, achieving, respected, responsible and included (SHANARRI).


The aim of this enquiry is to investigate the use of a suggestion box within a classroom setting. This will be achieved by providing children with an outlet for their concerns, comments or suggestions and assessing whether or not this was effective by using the SHANARRI wellbeing indicators as a measurement tool.

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