Media release: Student voices heard loud and clear in Victoria's Education State!
The Victorian Student Representative Council (VicSRC) congratulates the Victorian Government for its commitment to student voice in decision making with the release of the Education State reforms this week.
The Education State report identifies that student views are crucial in creating positive school culture and improved learning outcomes, and recognises students as key partners in education and learning. The government engaged comprehensively with students during the consultation process including talking to student delegates at VicSRC Congress and the VicSRC Executive team.
The contribution of VicSRC to the Education State saw the feedback from 352 students from 32 schools put together in a submission on behalf of Victorian students. Victorian student’s main concerns were increased student voice and opportunities to be involved in decision making, the curriculum, funding and equality and student wellbeing – areas directly incorporated into the new Framework for Improving Student Outcomes.
VicSRC Executive student, Spencer Davis (15), welcomed the explicit commitment to empowering students and giving them greater say in the decisions that affect their learning and their lives at school.
“It is exciting to see most of our recommendations have been incorporated into the Education State reforms. Victorian students called for funding and equality through developing a need based funding model that works to correct the inequalities. We’re critically concerned with the level of wellbeing and support services for students. We called for prioritization of student voice in decision making,” says Spencer.
“Students care deeply about their education and need to be at the decision making table. The government’s commitment to valuing the voices of students and engaging as meaningful partners in education is a very encouraging start to transforming our education system for the better,” he says.
VicSRC Manager, Krista Seddon, said it was particularly exciting to see the government recognize the importance of student voice and Student Representative Councils SRCs.
“It is good to see the government recognising student voice as a priority,” said Ms Seddon. “As the peak body representing students in Victoria, we are so excited by the depth and insight students are bringing to the issues that matter most to their education,” said Ms Seddon.
“This commitment to student voice at all levels is promising for the future of education. VicSRC looks forward to working with schools around the state to support them to implement this initiative in 2016.”
The Victorian Student Representative Council (VicSRC) is the peak body representing students in Victoria. The organisation is governed by a group of 15 students from metro and regional Victoria.
For further information: Krista Seddon, VicSRC Manager:
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