Involving children in discussing, planning and reviewing their targets for learning and behaviour is a key element of Every Child Matters (2003) and the Children's Plan (2007). This new edition of Gillian Shotton's best selling book, has been updated to include new templates for teachers looking to involve children in writing their Individual Education Plan (IEP), as well as the introduction of target sheets applicable for all primary and secondary students. The resource provides a useful tool for helping teachers put some of the Assessment for Learning strategies into practice.

Features of the new edition include:

  • IEP templates with brand new illustrations
  • Pupil-friendly target sheets to engage learners in the target setting process
  • A Pupil Friendly Pastoral Support Programme developed specifically for secondary aged pupils
  • An Act of Kindness log to encourage and record positive acts in the classroom

The accompanying CD Rom provides easy-to-use, engaging and fun templates which allow teachers to truly involve pupils in the planning and reviewing process. These resources can either be printed off as resource sheets to be filled in and coloured in by hand, or they can be filled in on-screen.



Children who are capable of forming views, have a right to receive and make known information, to express an opinion and to have that opinion taken into account in any matters affecting them. The views of the child should be given due weight according to the age, maturity and capability of the child.

From Articles 12 and 13, The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child as set out in the Code of Practice for SEN (2001).

The above quote continues to be a major impetus for helping pupils to participate and pay a more active role in setting their targets. However, since writing the first edition of Pupil Friendly IEPs there been other initiatives, legislation and research which have all underlined the need ...

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