I have read this thread with a heavy heart and growing dissappointment. The kind of opinions expressed here seems to be the result of some badly run student voice projects. The key in judging pupil voice and pupil particpation, (as with all things), is whether it is effective or not. A badly run initiative can clearly result in disillusionment and even anger, both amongst staff and pupils. A good pupil voice project will engage the whole school; pupils, teachers, SMT, auxillary staff, governors and parents in working together to improve the school in anyway possible. If run well, with properly organised structures, systems, agreed boundaries, and with opportunities for all pupils to voice their opinions and ideas through proper channels, such as a well trained and well managed school council, then the majority of pupils will develop a sense of ownership and responsibility for the school and community. Lots and lots of schools have a very positive experiences of this and have seen a meaningful impact on behaviour, attainment, teacher/pupil relationships and even attendance.