An introduction to Student Voice- for students

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National Council for Curriculum and Assessment
Purpose of the material: 

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.


An introduction to Student Voice Animated Video – prodeuced by James O'Brien -student at St Joeph's Secondary School, Rush, Ireland.


Step 1:  View the animated video in full

Step 2: Ask a group of  students to use map  of school provided or draw map highlighing in green where their voice is heard in the  school

Step 3: Ask students to share one thing that they would like to see changed about school life insde or outside the classoom. Provide students with post-its for individual responses

Step 4 Discuss the responses  and  sort the post-its   into three headings- easy , possible and difficult changes.

Step 5. Share the post-it exercise with other staff for their feedback. Agree one or two changes to implement from the students' list.

Step 6 Feedback to the students the outcome of the discussion.

Step 7 Monitor the implementation of the agreed change.

How you can use this material in your practice: 

This tool is very usefulfor schools who are aiming to introduce the concept of Student Voice beyond the small representative body of students.

This tool can be used with small or large group of students

This tool can allow students to see in a small but tangible way how their voice can have an impact on the life of the school.


This material reflects only the author’s view; the Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.