The ALTER Model

The VicSRC’s ALTER Model of Action is designed to ensure your team is being representative, collaborative and creating thoughtful action plans that lead to positive change at school or in the classroom.  While this model is presented in sequential steps, it is important to note that you may need to go back and forth between steps to ensure you have the correct information.

A – Ask.

  • Think about the people affected by the issue you are looking with. Which students does it affect? Does it affect teachers? School Council? Parents?
  • How will you ask these different groups of people? Face to face, via a paper survey, through a focus group, student forum?
  • Where will be most appropriate and what time of day?
  • What questions will you ask?

*Check out the 2 Hour Forum Agenda Sample for ideas on authentic student engagement.

2hr-forum-agenda-example.pdf (354 downloads)


L – Listen.

  • Will you only listen to the people that you agree with?
  • What about the students that don’t engage with your group? How can you listen to their voices?

*Check out the Human Development Workshop’s Powerwalk Activity resource for ideas around how to consider marginalised groups in your school.


T – Think

  • Using the information you have gathered from the groups you’ve approached, plan for action.
  • What are the challenges? What are the benefits?
  • Who is responsible for making this change? Is there a person in a position of power?

*The DIVAE Action Planner can help work through some of these questions.

Tackling-an-issue-DIVAE-planning.pdf (332 downloads)


E – Enact

  • Who can help you with your plan?
  • What are the steps that need to be taken?
  • Who will do what, when and how?

*Use our Action Planner to create a detailed and accountable action for your team.

Action-Planner-Template.pdf (361 downloads)

R – Reflect

  • What was the result?
  • Who do you need to report back to? Which groups are affected and/or will be interested to know about the result?
  • What have you learnt?

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