NPC’s Children’s Participation Unit

National Parents Council Primary (NPC)

NPC’s Children’s Participation Unit

Call the NPC Helpline 01 887 4477
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The Children’s Participation Unit provides a structure by which NPC seeks to both include the child’s voice in the work of NPC and strengthen the voice of the child within primary education.


How does NPC engage with children


NPC consults with children via surveys sent to their parents, asking for their insights into various issues that affect them. Since 2012 we have surveyed children on a wide variety of issues:

  • Their awareness of their parents’ interest in their school lives and their knowledge of Parents’ Associations and NPC
  • Their experiences of their lunch times in school
  • What it is like to be a child in Ireland
  • Homework
  • NPC’s strategic future 
  • Computer technology (a joint survey with Trinity College Dublin (TCD)


Through workshop sessions NPC gains the views of children, by giving children the chance to explore issues of importance to them, in groups of children of their own ages. Where they can feel safe and secure, in non-judgemental settings. Workshops have taken place on:

  • The Senior Cycle in school (a joint workshop with the Burren College of Art)
  • Coding (a joint workshop with TCD)

Partnership Schools Ireland (PSI) Programme

Partnership Schools Ireland is a joint initiative by National Parents Council Primary (NPC) and Irish Primary Principals' Network (IPPN). Better outcomes for children is the main objective of a “Partnership School”. When a school joins our PSI initiative, a team from the school, including children, works together in partnership on agreed activities. The PSI model gives children a real voice in choosing and achieving their school goals. Please contact our Partnership Schools Ireland coordinator to find out more - email: or Tel: 01 887 4478

How to engage in the NPC Children’s Participation Unit

To find out more about our Children’s Participation Unit or to see if NPC could assist you/your organisation in consulting with children please contact Michelle email: or Tel: 01 887 4488

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