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Student voice

What is student voice?

Student voice is students actively participating in decision-making at school on things which shape their educational experiences.

Student voice is more than just students 'having a say' and 'being heard'. To be successful, schools must value the perspectives and opinions of students and act on them in a way that genuinely shapes learning and decision-making at the school.

Image representing that student voice has the potential to benefit students, schools and the broader community

Including student voice in decision making at schools can:

  • allow students and teacher to design solutions together
  • increase engagement in learning
  • build connections and belonging
  • create a positive environment and culture
  • develop personal and social capabilities.

Video – Why students should have a voice in their learning

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Learn why students should have a voice in their learning.


Download the student voice information sheet (PDF 263KB) for primary and secondary schools.