Policy must systematise processes for the meaningful participation of learners and families at national, local and community levels.

Meaningful participation means recognising and including learner and family voices as equal and integral to discussions across all system levels. This involves ensuring active agency and shared power to initiate ideas and influence decisions.

To be effective, all relevant legislative and policy documents must systematically promote the rights of learners and families. Policies should indicate clear processes for their implementation, developed through cross-sectoral collaboration. Policy-makers must also recognise the role of families as essential in supporting and enabling the voices of learners to be heard and included in decision-making.

Voices into Action explores ways to develop a more participatory approach to educational decision-making, with learners and families at the centre.

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