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‘‘If you join Our Lives you will be helping to create a library of childhood that will inspire and challenge the generations. ’’

Anne Longfield

Children’s Commissioner for England

The Children’s Commissioner for England and First News are asking children across the country to tell us what it is really like to be growing up today.

Our Lives is a bold and innovative experiment that will bring to light the hopes, fears and joys of children growing up today.

With your help, we can make sure that the people who make decisions that impact on children’s lives know what children say about the things that matter to them.

How you can help:

Get Involved

Our Lives has been designed to be a fun, easy activity that you can do with your whole school. The step by step guide will help you get started quickly – or watch the video example, below.

Simply use your preferred device to film your pupils answering the 10 Our Lives questions and upload the short clips to the Our Lives library and get your voices heard!

The 10 Question Challenge is designed so that pupils at all levels can take part without much preparation.

All you need to take part is a tablet/phone/camera, an internet connection and some children! (No fancy film making skills required!)

A Teacher’s View

Watch practical advice for integrating Our Lives into the classroom from a teacher.


How can I take part?

Register now. Download the step by step guide

How long have I got?

You have until 20 March 2017 to upload your films

What ages is this suitable for?

Any children can take part but the questions and activity are most suited for 7-14 year olds

Who is the Children’s Commissioner?

Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, stands up for the things that matter to children and young people and helps them to make a change for themselves and others. Find Out more

The Commissioner asks children and young people what they think would improve their world and helps them to connect with the people who make decisions that impact on children’s lives.

Click here to see more FAQs

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