Student Voice

Student voice is a means of involving students in the organisational structure of the school and engaging them in the school community.

At its best it is an effective way to help transform education from the ‘bottom up’, through the co-construction of learning.
Student voice can include – but is not limited to – the following activities:

Student governance

  • Student leadership groups
  • Student councils
  • Student focus/action groups
  • Student interviewers
  • Student governors
  • Youth parliament

Input into teaching and learning

  • Student researchers
  • Student learning walks
  • Curriculum co-construction
  • Student websites

Supporting each other

  • Peer mentoring
  • Student trainers
  • Peer counselling
  • Student mediation

In schools where student voice is developing successfully, the school’s culture and ethos have been adapted to nurture and support the integration and expansion of student voice activities. Some of these ideas are challenging, and all require careful planning and implementation. The potential, however, is significant; engaging students and involving them at the heart of the learning community that is a personalised school.