Student voice – Whakatupuhia te reo, whakatupuhia te tamaiti

Guidelines to implement student voice so that it influences planning and teaching decisions

‘Student voice’ is the intentional collection of students’ thinking and feedback on their learning and the use of these voices to inform and improve teaching, learning, and school-wide decision making.

Student voice is not an additional process or requirement: it is a source of data within existing pedagogy, systems, and procedures.

Student voice contributes to the next learning steps for students and guides decisions about content and approaches by teachers, leaders, and the community. These decisions might be based in individual classrooms or at the school-wide level, where they contribute to changes in leadership, systems, and structures that affect teachers and students across and beyond the whole school.

The student voice rubric

Student progress and achievement is enhanced when schools make deliberate use of student voice to inform their decision making. This rubric provides indicators for the collection, analysis, and use of student voice with regard to three closely related dimensions of practice.

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The effective use of student voice has implications for the whole school community, and so the rubric sets out specific indicators for students, teachers, school leaders, the school system, and the wider school community.

The rubric includes a key you can use, as you engage with a range of evidence, to think about how your school is progressing in relation to each of the indicators. See the guidelines below for an explanation of this process.