At Congress 2015, delegates discussed, debated and decided on the Belief Statements that form VicSRC's advocacy platform for 2015-2016.
Belief Statements 2015-2016
The VicSRC believes that all schools should meet required standards that ensure equipment and facilities are professional, safe, modern and well maintained. All teachers, students and classrooms must have their needs catered. Schools should be provided with adequate and equitable funding through communication with the school community, areas which require improvements may be discovered and clarified.
- STUDENT-TEACHER RELATIONSHIPS
The VicSRC believes that the foundations of the relationship between a teacher and a student must be built upon mutual trust, respect and unwavering support. Each party must be able to communicate effectively to ensure a healthy environment for learning.
- SCHOOL LEADERSHIP & GOVERNANCE
The VicSRC believes that there should be mandatory student involvement in decision making processes by partaking in high level policy meetings including, by not limited to, school council meetings.
- STUDENT WELLBEING & WELFARE
The VicSRC believes that all students must be able to feel safe in the school environment. Students should readily have access to support including counsellors and teachers. This establishes an environment that promotes student wellbeing and welfare to reduce the incidences of negative experiences.
- SCHOOL FUNDING
The VicSRC believes that the distribution of funds should be measured and monitored fairly through a needs basis and to the standard of the VicSRC.
- SCHOOL CLUSTERS
The VicSRC believes in an educational community that works together, sharing good practice and supporting each other in their work. Colleges should be supported by programs and initiatives that use clustering.
- ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
The VicSRC believes that all Victorian Schools should endeavour to reduce the negative factors that contribute to environmental issues in schools and promote a more sustainable step for the students of tomorrow. This can be placed in a bigger picture by raising awareness and educating school communities, with the support of the government, with this learning being tested using a ranking system.
The VicSRC believes that students should have the opportunity to pursue a wide range of interests in specialised curriculum. Schools should be accommodating to the needs of the students and should be more flexible towards individuals providing the opportunity to participate in a wider range of subjects from a younger age.
Read more in our Analysis of the 10th Annual VicSRC Congress Debate
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