10 Steps to Success for Schools

  1. Register, Login and Create Group for your school (from your dashboard) at http://vocaleyes.org.
    Emails us using support@vocaleyes.org or call us on 0800 689 0290 if you need assistance

  2. BRAND: Update the header image and logo to suit your organisation.
  3. QUESTIONS: Add the first Topics. These are the questions, challenges & topics for the first conversations with students.
  4. IDEAS: Add the first ideas in response to these Topics. Rate and comment on each idea to kick-start the conversation.
  5. KICKSTART: Invite a small group of students to engage in the conversation.
    Register, login, search for the school group, join, rate, comment and add their own ideas.
    You can use this VocalEyes: Pupil Voice lesson plan
    To arrange a VocalEyes representative to deliver this training, ensure https://zoom.us/ is unblocked. See this guide
  6. TEAM: Identify a small number of students & staff to become the VocalEyes Participation Team. Students should become Group Editors & one staff member should become Group Admins to manage content, group settings and membership. (Click on JOIN OPTIONS beside the group logo).
    See this Lesson Plan as an aid for Participation Teams when presenting to other students in class

    Work with your Participation Team to co-create a plan to engage the wider student community, assign Actions on VocalEyes to specific people, set ourselves some targets and a regular meeting schedule to review progress – say fortnightly.

  7. TRAIN: Arrange training for the Participation Team (students & staff) with VocalEyes and set up regular ongoing support calls to help you hold a strong and authentic conversation. Email client-support@vocaleyes.org
    See these Stages of Development to understand the different training available.
  8. ENGAGE: Work with your Participation Team to involve the wider student community by:
    1. Emailing them with instructions on how to join.
    2. Importing all users into your group. See this user import guide.
    3. Embed the VocalEyes widget into your intranet (if you have one). http://downloads.vocaleyes.org (contact your IT Dept to progress this)
    4. Use Newsletters and other media to promote the conversation, topics, ideas and other content
    5. Arranging regular training workshops / group sessions in classes where you discuss the ideas in more depth and also help people register and join the conversation online. Use this lesson plan that can be delivered by the Participation Team
    6. Make presentations in assembly
    7. Ask students to download the VocalEyes mobile appvideo and guide here
    8. Share the mobile app via Social Media – i.e. SnapChat, Fb, Twitter
    9. Integrating participatory democracy into the curriculum, some examples here.
    10. Set targets for your Participation Team – i.e. to engage 100 students within the next 2 weeks
  9. MEETINGS: Create your Student Council meetings as Events inside your school group. (You will need to turn on the Events module on the Manage Modules page in Group Admin)
    1. Ensure the priorities are printed off before each Student Council meeting and help to inform the meeting agenda.
    2. Log Meeting Notes on the Student Council Events during the meeting.
  10. ACTION: Log actions, outcomes and create news articles on the platform about good ideas that have turned into action. This will create a positive feedback loop with your members and encourage ongoing engagement.


  1. Presentation – if you need to demonstrate the VocalEyes Democracy initiative to others
  2. Magic Moments – case studies of ideas into action in schools
  3. VocalEyes process – short 30 second animation and infographic
  4. Inspiring ideas – along with their own lesson plans, that have demonstrated proven impact in other schools
  5. Stages of Development – highlighting the different training sessions that are available to support the process
  6. Democracy Day – example of schedule
  7. Pupil Voice – lesson plan and teacher resource
  8. Participation Team – lesson plan for students to take into classes
  9. Leaderboard – for schools participating in Cardiff
  10. Demo group – feel free to have a play!
  11. Participatory Budgeting – example in Pennard Community
  12. International programme – teaching students about the SDGs and then engaging them implementable projects within their school and community via VocalEyes
  13. Competence levels and badges – for students to work through, that map onto the digital and literacy frameworks
  14. Training Webinars – a series of recordings of previous VocalEyes webinars
VocalEyes Democracy Day

VocalEyes Democracy Day