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.
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