Our Top Six Priorities

Transparency in the School System

We believe that at the state and local levels there is a lack of communication, collaboration and comprehension that leads to confusion and keeps students from getting involved in the decision making processes.

Our solutions

  • A section for students on the DET website that explains relevant topics in student friendly language, including information on how school councils work.

  • School Council decisions that concern students like learning environment, physical environment and curriculum, should be fed back to the SRC and the wider student body.

  • Local MPs meet with SRCs in their area to talk about the school and any ongoing issues a minimum of once a year.

Opportunities and Access for Rural and Remote Communities

Currently 30% of Victorian students are disadvantaged by their location - schools in rural and regional areas are lacking in resources, teachers, technology and extracurricular classes and are unaware of or unable to attend metro opportunities.

Our solutions

  • Facilitating partnerships between rural and metro schools.

  • Additional funding to rural and regional students for transportation.

  • VicSRC working with the Country Education Partnership Rural Ambassadors to get a better idea of how to deal with issues and promote opportunities for remote students.

Gender Equality in Schools

Gender inequality in educational settings leads to discrimination and stigma, which impacts students all their lives - gender inequality starts from a young age and we want to eliminate this.

Our solutions

  • Professional development to get teachers to talk about gender equality, the language they use and unconscious bias.

  • More texts covering things like misogyny and gender diversity and inequality included in English classes.

  • Parent-Teacher nights, conferences and seminars about gender diversity and equality.

#weR1: Discrimination in Schools

Discrimination affects everyone, especially when it takes place at school, where students should feel safe. It has myriad negative impacts and affects everyone, whether they're aware of it at the time or not.

Our solutions

  • Educate the perpetrator - focussing on a restorative justice model that makes amends rather than punishing.

  • Making posters and videos covering the idea that everyone experiences discrimination.

  • A wall (physical or digital) to encourage people to anonymously share their experiences of discrimination.

Transforming VCE

The current VCE curriculum takes a one size fits all approach to learning, causing stress and anxiety and restricting creativity and imagination while failing to prepare you for the real world, leaving no room for mistakes.

Our solutions

  • Get a diverse group of students on the VCAA board.

  • Have chief assessors consult with VCE students immediately post-examination, to accurately review the experience.

  • Add VCE exam related questions to the annual 'Attitudes to School' survey.

Changing Language, Changing Attitudes

All too often people use words that are strongly linked to identity as insults as the result of a profound lack of knowledge and awareness of the impact this has on minority groups.

Our solutions

  • Include questions in the DET 'Attitudes to School' survey around safety and bullying using slurs - the anonymity of the survey may encourage truthful answers.

  • Partnering with SafeSchools, Minus 18, Body Safety Australia and Reach Out Australia to campaign against slurs.

  • Review the curriculum and improve the current initiatives, incorporate teachings surrounding the importance of language in fighting discrimination.

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