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Activating student voice is a Course

Activating student voice

Aug 9 - Sep 16, 2021

$500 Enrol

Full course description

Date and time

Day 1: Tuesday 10 August 2021, 9.30 am to 11.30 am

Day 2: Thursday 2 September 2021, 9.30 am to 11.30 am

Delivery mode

Online – a Zoom link will be provided 24 hours prior to the event


This learning event is right for you if you are wanting to discover the latest research in student voice, and explore strategies that enhance student voice and agency in the classroom.


This two-part webinar will focus on student voice and agency. Traditionally, student voice in schools has been conceptualised as symbolic leadership responsibilities such as representative councils and other committees. In the classroom however, student voice and quality teacher talk is one of the most powerful influences on student achievement and engagement. Despite this, teacher voice remains dominant in the classroom. Based on this, how can teachers create a classroom in which student voice is harnessed to activate students as agents of their own learning and thinking? Over these two webinars attendees will develop an understanding of the language conditions that they can use to communicate effectively to involve student voice to develop understanding and deeper meta-cognition. The development of quality talk and how to involve peers in collaborative groups and quality conversations will also be a focus.

Supporting meaningful and effective student voice can contribute to many positive outcomes for schools. It has been shown to improve student wellbeing and student engagement, lead to positive change within schools, and promote civic engagement among students.

This learning event supports creating best practice toward meeting the following VRQA standard(s): 

  • Curriculum and Student Learning – Student learning outcomes   
  • The minimum standards for schools offering a senior secondary course – Student welfare 
  • The minimum standards for schools offering a senior secondary course – Teaching and learning.

Key takeaways                 

  • deeper understanding of the key theories regarding student voice and agency
  • strategies for effective classroom discussion
  • strategies for developing student voice, agency and leadership
  • clarity around the notion of student voice and teacher talk
  • deeper understanding of the significant impact that student voice and agency has on student outcomes and wellbeing.


Presenter information

Sophie Murphy                

Sophie Murphy is a highly experienced K-12 teacher and leader. She has taught and held leadership positions in both Primary and Secondary settings in multiple sectors for over 20 years. Sophie is currently completing her PhD with Professor John Hattie at the University of Melbourne. She has a passion and determination to translate essential educational research to the educational setting. Sophie has keynoted at many leading international conferences and worked on many national and International projects including teaching high profile AFL coaches on the development of communicating their language and translation to players and internationally for National Geographic Learning in the USA.


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