Top Tips
Leave time for thinking

When consulting, give the children plenty of time to think about their answer. No-one likes to be put on the spot to make a snap decision! Also some children may lack confidence as they may never have been asked for their opinion before, so they will need time to adjust and think about their views.

You could leave a consultation activity out throughout a session, so children can access it as and when they like. You could get the children to close their eyes and give them some 'thinking time' to consider their response.

Don't be afraid of silence once you have asked children a question. More often than not the silence is because the children are thinking not because they don't understand your question!