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If children are to succeed and progress at school, schools and teachers need to understand how children experience the classroom. What do they think? How does school make them feel? This book brings together the author’s work on children’s classroom experiences in a variety of contexts. The author uses student voice to show what children think of classrooms, tasks, tests and exams, and how this impacts their experience of schooling. Can the classroom experience be transformative for children’s life chances, or is it a trap? Schools and teachers need to take account of student perspectives in the primary school to make it the best experience possible.

Introduction: What This Book is About
Introduction: What This Book is About

Figure 0.1 The responsive teacher, drawing by year 5 pupil (Hargreaves et al., 2016)
Children’s experiences of classrooms: talking about being pupils in the classroom

The children’s words cited in this book suggest that children can tell us a great deal about how children experience classrooms, experiences that as teachers we may not have known about before. The fact that pupils experience the classroom differently from teachers has kept appearing as a theme in the children’s words in this book. Because the role of the teacher is so different from the role of the pupil, this difference is not surprising. However, it is an important reason consciously to ask pupils how they are finding the classroom ...

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