What makes Student Voice hard?

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  • #1112

    comms queen

    What makes Student Voice hard at your school? Is there a culture to change? Are you low on funds for all the bright ideas your students have? What is it that makes you hesitate, that means your students are getting more nos than yeses?

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    One issue is that often when you experience a lot of  “nos” students can start losing faith in the SRC and the possibility of change. In some ways its more an attitude than a culture to change, but involves being transparent as well as persisting to find solutions. Additionally, if students don’t feel like their opinion is being recognised and heard, there becomes less faith and trust. A potential solution for this is to respond to everyone’s response (e.g on a google form) and provide reasons as to why certain things are unfeasible.

  • #1752

    John P

    I feel like its a never-ending cycle. When students/SRCs are constantly turned down for their ideas, then they don’t believe that the student voice is possible. Then it becomes a culture where other students believe that student voice isn’t possible and they don’t try to make any systemic change anymore as a result. I think a lot of it stems from, as Aaran said, the attitudes, especially from teachers. When teachers are engaged with students and want them to be heard, then students are more likely to speak up. And this shouldn’t just come from one teacher. This is why I think culture is important; when all teachers and students are on the same page, then Student Voice comes easy. And when all teachers know the importance of student voice, then students and teachers are better able to collaborate together, rather than working in single units.
    Another thing that makes Student Voice hard, in my opinion, is students recognising that student voice is a passion and a feeling and not just a position. I think a lot of students run for Executive positions at their school’s SRC because it’s associated with leadership. You get a badge and you lead the students. But its more than that in my eyes. Being SRC President, at least in my eyes, shouldn’t have to be associated with leadership. That’s why I think student voice is hard because you have a leader who is more fixated on the leadership position, rather than promoting student voice. Sure you lead and delegate your team, but being SRC President means that you are passionate about student voice. That you actually care about making students heard. And that’s what I think makes the difference between student voice and leadership.

    I think, overall, student voice is a hard process. But it doesn’t have to be, and it shouldn’t be.

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