Student voice

​Student voice acknowledges that students have unique perspectives on learning, teaching, and schooling, and should have the opportunity to actively shape their own education.

Student voice involves students actively participating in their schools, communities and the education system, contributing to decision making processes and collectively influencing outcomes by putting forward their views, concerns and ideas.

Student voice practice guide (Amplify)

Amplify is a student voice, agency and leadership practice guide.

The guide gives an opportunity for school professionals and students to have conversations, collaborate and take actions to empower students, whatever their current starting points.

Victorian Student Representative Council (VicSRC)

In Victorian schools, student voice is heard at individual schools through student representative councils (SRC) and at the state level through the Victorian Student Representative Council (VicSRC), the peak body for school students in Victoria. The VicSRC provides support and resources to both Student Representative Councils and schools, including the Student Voice and the Education State Resource.

VicSRC Congress

The Victorian Student Representative Council (VicSRC) Congress is an annual, three-day event.  Run by students, for students the Congress brings together secondary students from across the state to debate, decide and act on the issues that really matter them.

Through interactive workshops, student-led discussions and solution focussed debates, student delegates determine the VicSRC policy agenda for the coming year and appoint the Student Executive that will lead and implement it.

VicSRC Student Voice Awards

The VicSRC Student Voice Awards celebrate the achievements of student representative councils (SRC) across Victoria by recognising and profiling examples of best practice in student voice, student led action and student participation.

Applications for awards are invited in the following categories.

Group Action

Recognises a group of students or collective that demonstrates action or advocacy on an issue in school or the local community.

Department of Education and Training SRC of the Year - Primary Schools Award

Recognises an SRC that draws on student voice to affect or change the decision making processes within school.

Department of Education and Training SRC of the Year - Secondary Schools Award

Recognises an SRC that draws on student voice to affect or change the decision making processes within school.

Pearson Australia Teacher of the Year

Recognises a teacher that has been supporting a SRC or school leadership program to expand its effectiveness and influence in school.

Newsboys Foundation Youth Leadership

The Newsboys Foundation Youth Leadership Award will go to to a Year 12 student who provides exceptional leadership within their school and community.

For 2019 winners, see: VicSRC Student Voice Awards