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Activating student agency and voice 2022107F is a Course

Activating student agency and voice 2022107F

May 19, 2022 - Dec 31, 2022

$350 Enrol

Full course description

Date and time

Thursday 19 May 2022, 1.00 pm to 3.30 pm

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 developing student agency in your classroom and student voice and leadership within the whole school context. Suitable for all year levels from ELC-12 and school leadership.


This webinar will focus on developing student voice, student agency and student leadership. Traditionally, student voice in schools has been conceptualised as symbolic leadership responsibilities such as representative councils and other committees. In the classroom however, whilst these play a part, this series will support the development of student agency, student voice and student leadership for all learners.

Within the classroom, 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?


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 learning outcomes  


Relevant Australian professional standards for teachers

1.  Know students and how they learn

3.  Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning


Key takeaways               

  • deeper understanding of the key theories regarding student leadership, 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
  • advice on taking action from student surveys and how to create these.


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.