Nine ways to amplify student voice
Research indicates active participation by students in decisions made about their education and school community can have a positive impact on student well being. Here are nine ways you can amplify student voice at your school.
Plans, decisions, actions and achievements can embrace student voice through a number of ways, including:
- Involving students in planning, processes and problem solving to improve school practices
- Expressing opinions through forums, discussions, poetry and surveys
- Guiding learning through constructive feedback and planning with teachers
- Gathering ideas through message boards, digital ‘graffiti walls’ and suggestion boxes
- Facilitating evidence-based approaches and programs such as Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL), Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM), ReachOut, Getting on Track in Time Program (Got It)
- Sharing experiences through narrative, creative and performing arts
- Building citizenship and leadership initiatives including student representative councils, action groups, parliaments, school ambassadors or representatives
- Participating in school elections and polling to change and improve practices
- Student-led initiatives such as special interest clubs, extra-curricular activities, sports events and dance troupes.