Gemma Macbeth

Primary Teacher

New Monkland Primary

  • Classroom Organisation & Management

What Happens When Suggestion Boxes Are Used Within the Classroom?


Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) (Scottish Executive, 2006) encourages a child- centred approached to learning. It focusses on teachers becoming facilitators of learning to ensure that each child is given the same high expectations in order to reach their full potential. Pupil voice and participation are recognised as having a highly positive impact on pupil attainment and inclusion. In fact, How Good is Our School: Part One (2018) highlights that participation has a range of benefits for learners including improved attainment, enhanced learning and teaching, improved relationships and wider engagement of the life of the school. The Scottish Government outlines that participation in an education setting must be consequential and influential rather than tokenistic. Therefore, the focus of this enquiry is on the impact of pupil voice. This is an area that is effectively implemented as a whole-school approach in my current establishment and I feel that it could be explored further in a classroom setting.


The aim of this enquiry is to determine if the use of a suggestion box in class, influences a pupil’s engagement in class.

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