Student Voice Workshops on the road

14 Conferences, 4 months and just shy of 1,000 students standing up and speaking out on the issues that matter most – and we’re not done yet!

VicSRC Student Voice Workshops

From Mildura to Bayside, Lakes Entrance to Templestowe, Shepparton to Melton, VicSRC has travelled far and wide to work with group after group of students who care passionately about their education at the Student Voice Workshops 2017.

"I learnt that our voice matters and we can make a change."
Student, Ballarat

Real change happens when we work together – and we’ve seen this time and again over the last 120 days. Over the course of 14 workshops (with one more still to go!), we’ve brought students, teachers and principals into the same learning space to collaborate on common issues.

Delivered in partnership with Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership, VicSRC's Student Voice Workshops help students and teachers to work collaboratively to tackle the how of student voice and agency in metro and regional Victoria. Participants have collaborated, co-created and sparked practical strategies to create change in their primary and secondary schools and learning environments.

“It was inspirational to meet other secondary students; it restored my belief in the future of this country.”
Teacher, Mildura

In depth discussions allowed students to find connections and common ground across schools on a range of key issues. Students also identified some top issues affecting their experience of education across the whole series of workshops, including:

  • Student voice in decision making

  • Teaching styles

  • Equity and facilities

  • Bullying

  • Student engagement and behaviour

  • Classroom management and justice

  • Learning styles & opportunities

  • Student wellbeing

  • Student-teacher relationships

  • Diversity & representation (homophobia, transphobia, racism, disability)

“Understanding and thinking about who’s on top and who’s on the bottom of our school Ladder of Listening was really valuable.  This enables my school government to focus and bring the bottom up as well as understanding who has the most voice.”
Student, year 8, Inner Melbourne

Students are more engaged in their school education when they are involved in shaping their experience. However, the reality is that students are not often given a say in what happens at school or in their education. So creating spaces for students and teachers to meet, co-create and realise how much they have in common is highly empowering.

“The most valuable thing I learnt was that us having a voice and speaking up really matters and can make a difference.”
Student, Mildura

We hope everyone who took part in the conferences enjoyed the experience and took away tangible tools to make positive change on the issues that affect your education.

VicSRC extends an enormous thank you to all the students and schools that took part in the 2017 series!

Want to host a Student Voice Workshop in 2018? If you'd like to get involved, please contact Kat Daymond, VicSRC Events Officer via

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