Students Leading the Way

Student action

A school’s curriculum should equip students for the challenges of today’s world needs in both offline and online environment. Students should be supported to take increasing responsibility for their own learning, their mental, physical and social wellbeing, their relationships with others and their role in the local, national and global community.

Student voice

The notion of ‘student voice’ helps schools develop the interdisciplinary skills that are vital for today’s students. As technology becomes more ubiquitous in the lives of our students it is important that they take increasing responsibility for its safe, respectful and ethical use. Key to supporting students to take this responsibility is the seeking of student input or ‘voice’ in decisions around policy and processes and empowering students to take action to lead the way forward.

At the 2011 DEECD Innovation Showcase, Elizabeth Kalas from Taylors Lakes Secondary College provided a key note concerning the importance of student voice. Elizabeth outlined how schools can utilise student voice as an effective mechanism for building in real opportunities for students to participate in decision-making processes. Elizabeth also highlights the potential of students to influence a whole community of learners.

The Taking Young People Seriously handbooks published by The Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (2004) outline some principles of young people’s participation and practical advice that helps ensure that young people are included, empowered and purposefully engaged.

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Student action teams

Student Action Teams (SAT) provide a student centred and active educational approach to community based learning and connection for schools. SATs are an effective way of developing teams which link students to their communities.

The information in Student Action Teams: Learning in the Community. A ‘How To’ Manual is based on the work and experiences of teams of students and teachers who participated in a collaborative project between the Department of Justice and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (2003).

Student Action Teams are an effective way to encourage students to lead the way to the responsible and safe use of digital technologies. To assist schools to form and work with Student Action Teams a model has been developed.

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