Student Voice in Action

Tool Nr.: 
Developed by: 
National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

Assessment Reform Group (2002).

NCCA, Focus on Learning Toolkit.

Wiliam, D., & Thompson, M. (2007). Integrating assessment with instruction: what will it take to make it work? In C. A. Dwyer (Ed.), The future of assessment: shaping teaching and learning (pp. 53-82). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates

The Lundy Model of Child Participation (2007)

Purpose of the material: 

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. 


Step 1:  View the video in full

Step 2: Select particular segments, which will best generate discussions among your particular audience, within their unique context

Step 3: Host a series of structured discussions around the following suggested themes,  

  • The student-teacher relationship
  • The teacher's classroom practice
  • The students' engagment with learning
  • The film medium as a means of capturing and showcasing students' voices

Step 4: Use the video to reflect on the activation and development of students' voices in your own context

How you can use this material in your practice: 

This tool is very useful in generating structured discussions around activating and developing students' voices in the classroom through formative assessment practices.

This tool can be used as a stimulus to prompt reflective ativities.

This tool also provides an example of how students’ voices can be captured and expressed through the medium of film.  


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.