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Volume 3 Issue 1 - August 25, 2009

The Power in the Letter: Policies, Politics and the Youth-related Agenda for the ‘Building Schools for the Future’ Programme

Maria Patsarika

The Government’s agenda to refurbish and re-build all secondary schools in England and Wales with the Building Schools for the Future programme (launched 2004) has raised significant issues about young people’s participatory and decision-making rights. Whilst student participation appears to be a paramount in consultation documents in the design and building process, it arguably remains on the level of rhetoric, failing to provide a meaningful and effective context for engagement. By drawing on a broader framework of children’s rights policy, and particularly on the Green Paper "Every Child Matters", this paper exposes the interconnections between policies, politics and a contested youth-rights agenda.