Student voice means students having a say in their learning environment

 

Student voice enables students to be active participants in their learning.

Through a consistent approach to student voice, education institutions improve the performance of their students. Student voice supports students to take ownership for their learning, and teachers can curate more engaging and responsive learning environments.  

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  What does Student Voice look like?

Student Voice supports students to express a view on all aspect of their learning environment.
High performing Student Voice programs engage students with respect to:
  • How they are going
  • Where the class should head next
  • Learning preferences
  • Use of resources and technology
  • Well-being and safety in class
  • Broader student experience

Student Voice encourages students to find their own voice with respect to their learning. This includes reflecting on their progress, and evaluating where they might focus future effort. Sharing these thoughts with their teacher or a fellow student is a powerful way for students to build ownership over their learning.

Student Voice might also include formalising student dialogues and committees within an education institution, too. 

   
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Why does Student Voice matter?

Student Voice is important because it maximises student engagement in their learning journey.

By allowing students to participate in the design of their learning environment, they are more motivated and ultimately perform better.

Student Voice also builds student capability through opportunities to practice problem solving and critical thinking skills key to their development. 

Through activating Student Voice, students offer a unique and authentic view on their learning and progress. While teachers are often good observers of student progress, they cannot be inside the mind of each and every student.

 

"While teachers are often good observers of student progress, they cannot be inside the mind of each and every student."

 

For teachers, Student Voice delivers valuable data-driven insights about what’s working and what’s not. If gathered and collated in real-time, this data allows teachers to double-down on the former and make important changes with respect to the latter. 

Gathering useful student feedback is therefore a key enabler for lifting student performance and achievement.

 

What are some of the challenges associated with Student Voice?

One of the most common challenges associated with Student Voice is a belief that it means adopting every idea put forward by students. This is not the case. 

Student Voice ought not to be introduced as a one-way street, but rather as a foundation for dialogue. Student Voice is about creating equal partners at the table, to better formulate a way forward. It means understanding the impacts on students, but also explaining why things might be done a certain way. 

 

"Student Voice ought not to be introduced as a one-way street, but rather as a foundation for dialogue."

 

The second challenge is helping students with processes and methods to best activate student voice. This might mean helping them with skills to provide feedback to their teacher, how they may make a persuasive case for change in their classroom, or how they might leverage evidence to support their ideas. 

The third challenge relates to creating a safe environment for your students to express their voice. The best way to do this is to utilise tools that enable both teachers and students to control preferences with respect to anonymity. By getting this right, education institutions will see a greater number of responses, as well as more honest responses.

How to start with Student Voice?

Implementing Student Voice is not a once-off step.

It requires continual effort to create and sustain a culture of students influencing their learning environment. This means that the nature and form of Student Voice within each educational institution will differ and will also evolve over time. But, what should not deviate is a commitment to activating the voice of your learners.

We often find the best way to seed a culture of Student Voice is to start in individual classes.

Typically, this is best achieved by teachers asking a few questions of students to get the ball rolling. The might ask questions relating to how best to leverage student voices, or simply beginning with a few basic questions related to content understanding.

Either way, the best advice is to just get started.

   

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