VicSRC Reports

Student voice isn't just all talk. Every year VicSRC undertakes research projects to keep our finger on the pulse of 21st century learning.

VicSRC research

Recent research:


Student representation on School Governance Councils | November 2016

Back in the 1970s and 1980s, many Victorian government schools had elected student members on their school governance councils. However, in the 1990s, changes to regulations meant that the “student” membership category disappeared. So what happened?

This study spoke to students and principals, with these two aims:

  1. To find out what students and principals across a range of Victorian schools think about students being part of school councils.

  2. To collect and create resources to help schools to start or do more to make sure that students are meaningfully involved in school councils.

VicSRC partnered with Deakin University and worked with six secondary school students as Research Interns to design, do, and analyse the data. Research findings and 10 key recommendations emerged through consultation with students and principals from metro and regional Victoria.

Download the full report (PDF)

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Transitions project | November 2015

In 2015 we worked with the Department of Education and Training to produce the VicSRC Transitions Report. VicSRC consulted with 155 Grade 6 and Year 7 students who shared their first-hand experiences and their ideas for improving the shift to secondary school.

The report drew on the ideas and experiences of these students to address two key questions:

  1. What are the key challenges faced by students in the transition from primary school to secondary school?

  2. How can schools better support students to make smooth transitions from primary school to secondary school?

Students articulated six key recommendations for schools to make the move a better one.

Download your copy of the VicSRC Transitions project report (PDF)

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