Michelle and Anita believe in a school where student voice is a valued and embedded part of all decision making processes, and where students contribute ideas about their learning preferences. However, at the beginning of their Changemaker Journey, Michelle and Anita shared the opinion that their school makes decisions based on what the school thinks is best for students, without actually consulting with the learners themselves.
Anita & Michelle’s Solution
Michelle and Anita developed an advisory group (made up of students) which works on projects across the school to ensure student voice is heard and acted upon.
They advertised for volunteers for the Student Advisory Group and took the successful applicants through a whole day of learning, team building and sharing ideas. On this day, students set 4 priorities for the Student Advisory Group. They pitched these ideas to staff and asked them for support, before advertising the initiatives to their peers, encouraging other students to get involved.
Students and staff worked in partnership on the four priorities;
- Learning Walks
- A student-written booklet for new students
- More student involvement in student decision making
- Spring Arts Festival
Anita, Michelle and their Student Advisory Group are celebrating their 2017 successes and are preparing for the formation of a new Student Advisory Group in 2018 so that even more students have the chance to be heard.
Anita & Michelle’s Impact
This year all students in their school (1000 kids) have been given a chance to have their voice heard, and between 50 and 100 have been directly involved with one of the four initiatives led by the Student Advisory Group.
“Student involvement in Learning Walks was a big step forward at our high school. Students and staff worked as equals and students offered a unique perspective. This was accepted by staff and students, and we are aiming to embed this practice in our school culture.”
Like the idea?
Anita and Michelle would love your support for Our Student Advisory Group, or for you to start a similar program in your school, and they’d love to hear about any ideas you have or lend a hand where they can. Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get in touch with Anita & Michelle and we can connect you. Feel free to cheer them on in the comments below as well.
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