'It wasn't too easy, which is good if you want to learn': an exploration of pupil participation and Learning to Learn

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This article explores the process of Learning to Learn from the pupils' perspective. The Learning to Learn in Schools Project started in 2003 and includes teachers and pupils from primary and secondary age phases in four local authorities. Key to the project has been a focus on the collaborative exploration of metacognition in practice. With the increased prominence of pupil participation and learner voice in the rhetoric of education during this time, the inclusion of learner perspectives in the project was perhaps inevitable. However, there appears to be something beneficial about the definition of Learning to Learn (L2L) used by the project that supports the development of such participation. As the project progressed, and the incidence of pupil participation increased, evidence from the contexts needed to support learning-based dialogues also developed as well as, crucially, understanding of how the interplay between L2L and pupil participation operates. This article therefore explores the link between the rhetoric of the pupil participation agenda and an understanding of L2L from the pupils' perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-305
Number of pages23
JournalCurriculum Journal
Issue number3
Early online date21 Aug 2012
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2012


  • Learning to Learn
  • metacognition
  • pupil participation
  • pupil voice

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