Question 1Do teachers ask you what you would like to learn about? Can you give examples?Question 1Question 1Do teachers ask you what you would like to learn about? Can you give examples?

What is this?

Every year, the Chief Inspector of schools in Wales writes a report on what inspectors have found when we inspect schools and other education providers.

This site includes resources that pupil groups or School Councils can use to discuss specific topics or to think about how effective they are in their work.

We created some principles for school councils. These are aimed at pupils in secondary schools, but could be adapted for use with primary pupils.

We have chosen a few topics that have come up in the Annual Report that we think pupils would find interesting to discuss. Remember to download the forms to make a note of your ideas and actions.

How to use

Move through the school sideways using either the scrollbar or left/right arrow keys on your keyboard

When you see a big question mark symbol, click on it to reveal a question. Discuss the question amongst yourselves.

What should we discuss?

How pupils influence what and how they learn.

Why should we discuss this?

Your teachers really want to know what interests you and the way you like to learn. They know that you will learn best when you find your lessons fun and interesting. By making suggestions about what and how you learn, you will be helping your teachers to help you and other children learn better.


There is a form for you to make notes. Click ‘Download Documents’ to see this.


Question 1

Do teachers ask you what you would like to learn about? Can you give examples?


Question 2

Do teachers ask you how you would like to learn? For example, by going on a trip, talking to special visitors and people in the community, or by carrying out an experiment.


Question 3

Do teachers listen to your suggestions? Can you think of examples where you have made a suggestion and teachers have made it happen?


Question 4

Does everyone get the chance to make suggestions?


Question 5

Do you ever plan a whole lesson or activity?


Question 6

When you help to plan your learning, do you make sure the work is not too hard or too easy for everyone?


Question 7

When you plan your activities, do they help you to be more:

  • Ambitious and capable
  • Enterprising and creative
  • Ethical and informed
  • Healthy and confident

Question 8

Do you talk to other children in your class and the teacher about what you have learnt, which activities worked well and what you might improve next time? Do you get a chance to talk about what you are learning with people from your home?


Question 9

Do you ever get chance to help children in your class or other classes with their learning?


Question 10

Do these things happen in all the classes in your school?


What can you do next?

  • Arrange with your teacher to talk to pupils in other classes, or other schools, about how they are involved in planning what and how they learn.
  • Create a survey to find out what activities the children in your school enjoy and the topics that interest them.
  • Talk to each other and your teacher about ways you can share your learning with other children in your class, your parents, and the community.