The importance of pupil voice is strong in Merthyr Tydfil. Each school has a School Council and since October 2011 the Student Council Conferences, for both primary and secondary schools, including Greenfield Special School, have become an annual event. These conferences allow members of the school council and other pupil groups to work alongside their counterparts in other schools to learn more about their experiences and share good practice. This gives the pupils an ideal opportunity to play an active role in the development of policies in areas that affect them and to inform future planning. Furthermore, this form of empowerment enables both improved self-esteem and resilience.