This tool which has been developed by students themselves in an Irish secondary school provides teachers and school management teams with an animated video which shows the various ways that Student Voice can be developed inside and outside classrooms. The video is intended for use by schools who are at the early stages of encouarging students to engege in discussion about the importance and value of Student Voice. The animation could also be used as a model for students to develop their own messages through video, posters or booklets about the importance of Student Voice within their own particular context.
Intellectual Outputs - Ireland
This tool is designed to support conversations with students both in the classroom and in the school about what matters for them in their experience of school and in the classroom.
This tool provides teachers, students and school management with a video stimulus showcasing how students’ voices might be activated and developed in the classroom through effective teaching and learning. It highlights how engaging meaningfully with students through formative assessment provides opportunities for students to become active participants who can exert agency over their own learning and school experience.
- To deepen teachers' understanding of the importance of professional collabaortion in support of education change – in this context – Providing opportunities for Student Voice in the education
- To provide an opportunity for participants to clarify their own thinking about the following:
- the skills and dispositions that are important
- The supports that are needed
- The impact on the power dynamic in the classroom
- How best to spread the Student Voice message and stories about Student Voice Practices within and between schools
If teachers are to be encouraged and supported to work in greater partnership with students in classrooms, it is important that they are given opportunities to reflect on and become self-aware about the cultural beliefs and biases that may affect this commitment and capacity to work in partnership with students. These activities are designed to provide opportunities for teachers to reflect on their teacher identity and teacher agency in the context of greater Student Voice.
To deepen teachers understanding of how embedding formative assessment in teaching and learning is a means of activating and developing student voice in the classroom
To deepen participants understanding of the rationale for student voice at the centre of learning and school life.
To develop a shared understanding of student voice and how it can be supported in schools.
This workshop is designed to provide teachers and school management to become more familiar with the importance of and rationale for student voice in the classroom and in our schools. The workshop also allows participants to clarify for themselves what they see as the important rationale for student voice.
- Enhance student voice in post-primary schools in Ireland
- Provide opportunities to deepen capacity and commitment of teachers to working in partnerships with students
- Provide opportunities to deepen capacity and commitment of system leaders to support the development of a culture of student voice in and between schools
In this model participants are enabled to reflect on their understanding of and commitment to student voice. They identify their respective starting points, appropriate to their context, and are supported in moving towards an enhanced culture of student voice. This model supports the different stakeholders to work in partnership, mindful of their individual and collective roles in this area.