This school engagement activity provides a chance for students to lead action in an area identified for their school communities and drive the agenda across the whole school year. It opens opportunities for authentic student voice, with teachers supporting students to actively participate in their school communities, put forward their ideas and views, contribute to decision-making and influence outcomes.
Ten possible action areas for student-led action have been identified. These action areas relate to bullying prevention and student wellbeing.
The teachers notes (PDF, 445KB) provide the starting point for teachers in understanding the NDA school engagement activity. The notes explain the engagement activity and state possible curriculum links. A flowchart shows the steps for taking action and which materials to use at each step. Further practical ideas are contained in 'Points to note when implementing the school engagement activity'.
Decisions about an action area and an action
From the 10 possible action areas, get your students thinking about which action area to choose. If your school has a particular focus for the coming year, you might align your action area with this focus.
You could use the questions on Sheet 1 Inspiration for action – Years 3-6 (PDF, 502KB) or Sheet 1 Inspiration for action – Years 7-10 (PDF, 501KB) to spark discussion about which action area to choose and which action to take.
Alternatively, use a workshop to capture student voice. Decide on an action area and an action within that area using optional Sheet 2 Putting ideas into action workshop (PDF, 175KB). Otherwise, you might prefer to think of your own action area that fits within bullying prevention or student wellbeing.
A plan for action
Once your students have decided on an action, Plan for action template (DOCX, 586KB) is useful for planning and recording the details of their action.
Share your school's plan for action with other schools by completing an action statement template (DOCX, 408KB) and sharing it in your classroom or school community.
Depending on the ages, abilities and experience of your students, it may be worthwhile for them to examine a model for taking action. Optional Sheet 3 Take action process chart (PDF, 75KB) contains a diagram showing the stages of implementation of an action. Useful discussion questions are provided on Sheet 3 for each stage of the process.
Information for students
The Student notes Years 7-10 (PDF, 168KB) contains some introductory information about the school engagement activity and a flowchart showing the 5 steps for taking action.