Importance of empowering student voice: From connected classrooms to thriving future leaders

By Life Skills Group

Published 20 March 2024 09.55 AM

In the dynamic realm of education, one essential truth shines through: empowering student voice lies at the heart of building resilient and thriving school communities. As we embark on this journey of empowerment, let's explore the myriad of ways in which prioritising student voice transforms the educational landscape and shapes the future of our young learners.

  1. Building Confidence and Self-Awareness:

By valuing and empowering student voice, we give our young people the opportunity to embark on a journey of growing self-awareness - through building a habit of self-reflection and gradually building the confidence to know and express themselves authentically. This process not only cultivates self-regulation and self-management skills but also nurtures empathy and the ability to form positive relationships with those around them. By empowering students to voice their feelings and thoughts, we provide them with a platform to develop a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them, laying the groundwork for personal growth and social-emotional wellbeing.


  1. Connection, Strengthening Relationships and Sense of Belonging:

Having a dedicated psychologically safe space where our young people can authentically share their feelings and thoughts, allows them to feel seen, heard and acknowledged by their educators, carers and school community. By prioritising student voice and actively listening to their perspectives, educators cultivate trust and rapport, fostering a sense of belonging and connection within the school community. As Dr. Laura Markham aptly puts it, "When kids can trust you with the little stuff, they will come to you with the big stuff."

  1. Promoting Social and Emotional Literacy:

Empowering student voice isn't just about amplifying their opinions; it's about nurturing essential life skills for the journey beyond the school years. By providing opportunities for students to express themselves and engage in meaningful dialogue, we equip them with the agency to navigate complex social and emotional landscapes, fostering resilience, empathy, and emotional intelligence.

  1. Enhancing Learning Engagement through Readiness to Learn:

Empowering students to honestly share their feelings, enables class teachers to swiftly grasp the emotional state of their students, determining whether they are “ready to learn”. Recognising this readiness to learn is pivotal, as it inherently enhances students' engagement in the learning process. When students are ready to learn, they exhibit heightened interest, participation, and enthusiasm, leading to deeper levels of engagement and academic achievement.

  1. Enable educators and schools to truly understand and achieve their wellbeing goals with relevant data:

Prioritising student-led emotional wellbeing data provides schools with invaluable insights into the real-time wellbeing needs of their students and school community. With relevant and reliable data at their fingertips, educators and school leaders can make informed decisions tailored to the specific needs of their students and school community, ensuring that every student and teacher receives the support and resources they require to thrive. And every school can truly understand and achieve their wellbeing goals.

  1. Strengthening Family-to-School Partnerships:

Through empowering student voice, educators and families can forge deeper understanding and connections, and collaborate to support the holistic development of our young people. By fostering open communication and mutual respect, we create a common language and seamless continuum of support that nurtures the wellbeing and success of every student.

  1. Promotion of Positive School Culture:

Schools that prioritise student voice cultivate a culture of inclusivity, respect, and collaboration. By valuing the voice of every individual within the school community, we create an environment where students feel safe, valued, supported and empowered to reach their full potential. "If children feel safe, they take risks, ask questions, make mistakes, learn to trust, share their feelings, and grow." -  Alfie Khon (human behaviour, education and parenting expert)

  1. Empowerment of Future Leaders:

By empowering student voice, we lay the groundwork for the next generation of leaders and change-makers. By equipping students with the confidence, skills and resilience needed to advocate for themselves and others, we inspire them to make a positive impact in their communities and beyond.


Empowering student voice isn't just a lofty ideal; it's a transformative practice that fosters a sense of safety and inclusivity within our school communities. By prioritising student voice, we create an environment where no child falls through the gaps, and where every individual feels valued, supported, and empowered to thrive. As educators and caregivers, let us commit to amplifying and understanding student voice, to truly meet their needs, equip them with the skills and tools they need to face challenges and support every young person to thrive in life today and as our Future Leaders.  Would you agree? 



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