A student’s right to voice opinions on matters affecting them at school can have a positive impact on their wellbeing, learning and engagement.

Voice Inclusive Practices are frameworks and tools that teachers and schools can use to give students the opportunity to have their say on school matters, which in turn can enhance their wellbeing and learning.

The information available on this site is designed to help teachers, educators, schools and other educational settings implement Voice Inclusive Practices.

This site was developed as part of a QUT research project called Wellbeing Matters led by Dr Jenna Gillett-Swan and funded by the Queensland Government’s Education Horizon grant scheme. It brings together a range of resources and information intended to support teachers and schools.

Did you know?

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is a is a human rights treaty which sets out the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children.

Article 12.1 of the treaty states that children have “the right to express their views freely in all matters affecting the child”. This means that “children have the right to say what they think should happen when adults are making decisions that affect them and to have their opinions taken into account” and taken seriously.

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Chief investigators

  • Dr Jenna Gillett-Swan

    Dr Jenna Gillett-Swan is a senior lecturer and researcher in the Faculty of Education at QUT. Her research focuses on wellbeing, rights, voice, inclusion, and participation. She also specialises in qualitative child-centred participatory research methodologies. Jenna is the Child Rights Research Strand Leader for the Student Engagement, Learning and Behaviour...

  • Professor Linda Graham

    Linda J. Graham is Director of The Centre for Inclusive Education (C4IE) and a Professor in the Faculty of Education at QUT. Her research investigates the role of education policy and schooling practices in the development of disruptive student behaviour and the improvement of responses to children who are difficult...