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Ministry of Education.

Student voice

How do our students view learning? How do they see their future, and define success? Is school meeting their expectations? Which subjects do they like or dislike – and why? What helps them to learn? What makes a good teacher?

Students learn best when they feel accepted, when they enjoy positive relationships with their fellow students and teachers, and when they are able to be active, visible members of the learning community.
The New Zealand Curriculum

Questions to think about in your school context

  • How does the concept of  ako underpin your practice?
  • What ways can you gather student voice in your department?
  • How can ICTs support gathering student voice?
  • How can you involve students in reviewing teaching and learning?
  • How could this information inform what you do within your department?


Two approaches to differentiation - Massey High School and Tamaki College
Teachers from Massey High School and Tamaki College share their approaches to differentiated writing programmes in the junior school.

Learning conversations
Teachers and students from Kelburn Normal School discuss how developing learning conversations has empowered students to feel that they can be more creative and individual. The emergence of student voice and the way students discuss their learning highlights the success of these conversations.

Putting students first in English at John McGlashan College
Iain McGilchrist is the head of English at John McGlashan College in Dunedin. He discusses how they use student voice to help plan the content of what they are going to teach. Iain also discusses how student voice guides assessment opportunities.

Putting students first in English at Albany Senior High School
At Albany Senior High School students are at the forefront when designing English courses. They believe that the important thing to remember is that it is all about the students' own learning, their engagement, and therefore their ownership of that learning.

Our vision for English at Katikati College
Natalie Cowie, head of English at Katikati College, takes us through the process her department used to develop a vision for teaching and learning - including giving students a chance to contribute their ideas.

Updated on: 09 Dec 2020