Summary of this person-centered thinking tool

This tool creates a clear picture of how pupils make decisions, the range of decisions they make, and what information and support they need in decision-making. This person-centred thinking tool has two parts – the decision-making profile, which shares the pupil’s preferences in decision-making, and the decision-making agreement which specifies the important decisions and how the pupil wants to be supported with them.

Decision-making profile and agreement

Benefits for pupils

  • A way to understand and record the best ways to support pupils to make decisions.
  • Creates a clear description of the decisions that the pupil currently makes so that they are not over-supported or under-estimated.
  • A way to think about increasing decision-making and responsibility appropriate to the pupil’s age and circumstances.

Benefits for parents

  • Where others are involved in making decisions with the pupil (for example parents and teachers), this tool creates clarity over their involvement and how the final decision is made.

Benefits for school staff

  • Can provide clarity about what the pupil makes decisions about, what decisions are the parents and what the teachers decide, and how each contributes to decision-making.
  • A way to think about what decisions should be co-produced with pupils, parents or the Governors.
  • Within schools teams, the decision-making agreement clarifies the decisions that a team can make – what is within their control?
  • For the decisions that the team makes, it clarifies how each decision is made, for example, is it by consensus, by majority vote or does the head teacher decide?
  • It can be used or adapted to develop classroom/school ground rules.

Benefits for others

  • Can be used with Governors to clarify the decisions that Governors make and the decisions that require the input of pupils, parents and staff.
  • It can inform the home-school agreement.