Media Release: Victorian Government's investment in student outcomes good news for all students across the state.

The Victorian Student Representative Council (VicSRC) welcomes the Victorian Government’s commitment to support the recommendations from the Ombudsman’s report on student suspensions and expulsions with the announcement of a new $5.9 million dollar program that will assist students to stay engaged and invested in their own education.

“We strongly believe that all students deserve a school education and that expulsion should only ever be used as a last resort,” said the VicSRC student member David Trevorrow. “Involving students in programs that address the underlying causes of their behavior, and that empower and engage them, is the right thing to do.”

As one of the top priority issues identified by students at VicSRC Congress 2017, student rights in suspension and expulsion was voted as a major concern for students across the state.

“We want to ensure that no student’s voice is silenced in expulsion processes. Adopting these recommendations is a step in the right direction,” said David.

In the pursuit of an equitable school system, the VicSRC recognizes the importance of students and teachers working together to enhance student voice and active decision making in their education.

Programs and resources such as Teach the Teacher and the VicSRC Policy Platform, encourage an ongoing culture of respect, collaboration and understanding between students and teachers.

The VicSRC look forward to working with the Victorian Department of Education and Training in reviewing the current policies and procedures that surround suspension and expulsion whilst facilitating true student representation in the process.

“The Ombudsman’s report is a wake-up call that we need to do more to prevent vulnerable students from being excluded from school. We are thrilled that the Government has committed to do more to protect these young people.”

All quotes attributed to VicSRC student member David Trevorrow.

Contact Nina Laitala VicSRC Executive Officer: 0411 679 050

 

 

 

 

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