Person-Centred Reviews


Summary of this person-centered thinking tool

Person-Centred Reviews were initially developed in education to transform Year 9 Transition reviews, as a way of ensuring that the young person was at the centre. The annual review process is a way of learning what is important to and for the pupil, together with the people who are important in a pupil’s life and the focus of the review is on creating action plans. It is now widely used across all ages of schooling. The information from Person-Centred Reviews can be aggregated to inform school development plans through a process called Working Together for Change. The review looks at:

  • what we appreciate/like and admire about the pupil
  • what is important to them now
  • what is important to them for the future
  • what do we need to know or do to support them?
  • questions to answer/issues we are struggling with
  • what is working and not working from different perspectives
  • action plan.

The review thus brings together the information from all the other person-centred tools. The review process includes the pupil and their family.

Person-centred reviews

Benefits for the pupil

  • A chance to attend an annual review meeting in a format that is truly pupil-friendly and where they can be effectively included in the meeting.
  • Being listened to about what is working and not working in relation to school.
  • Time to focus on what action could be taken to make things better or maintain what is working well.
  • A way of starting to draw up a one-page profile so all teachers and assistants know what is important to the pupil and how best to support them.
  • An opportunity to think about their future and make plans based on what they want and what is important to them as well as what is important for them.
  • An opportunity to influence the action plan that is put into place for them, to address issues that are important to them rather than others.

Benefits for parents

  • A chance to contribute to a review meeting on equal terms with professionals.
  • An opportunity to share their views on what is important to and how best to support their child.
  • Another way to contribute to a one-page profile or person-centred description of their child.
  • A way to share what is and isn’t working at school from their perspective.
  • A way to contribute to actions to bring about change.
  • A way to contribute to school development and planning through processes like Working Together for Change.
  • An opportunity to think about what their child wants for the future and to contribute to the plans based on this.

Benefits for school staff

  • A process of holding a review meeting which is pupil- and family-friendly.
  • An opportunity to learn from the information shared at a number of reviews to inform the school’s development plan (through Working Together for Change). This is a way of giving parents and pupils a direct contribution to the school development plan.
  • A way of demonstrating that this school is listening to pupils and personalising education.
  • A way of empowering the family to contribute to the review process and addressing issues that are important to the child and family and demonstrate partnership with parents.
  • A great way for the school to ensure that actions arising from the review are pupil-focused rather than organisationally driven.

Benefits for others

  • An opportunity for Governors to hear and act on contributions to school development plans from pupils, parents and school staff through Working Together for Change.
  • A way of setting school objectives based on these direct contributions.
  • A way of demonstrating listening to pupils and parents to inform the direction of the school.