IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Children’s agency

Agency is defined as a socially situated capacity to act. This capacity is central to children’s development, and their ability to lead happy, successful lives.

Evidence demonstrates that having a sense of agency and being able to exercise agency to shape learning experience contributes to children’s academic achievement and socio-emotional wellbeing. 

CHANT graphic. Text: CHANT Children's Agency in the National Curriculum. Credit: HHCP/IOE.

Our research on children’s agency aims to develop a better understanding of the impact of educational policies, practices, and environments on children’s agency and its role in helping children to succeed in school and beyond. 

Our research on children’s agency: