VicSRC has been advocating for students for a long time and in that time has taken the lead and been part of a lot of change in the Victorian education system – to find out about some of the biggest wins on topics important to students have a look at the history and ongoing work in some key areas below.
Senior secondary education
Stigma around vocational and applied learning pathways and the inflexibility of VCE have been consistent concerns among students. VicSRC has been involved in the review of the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) and continues to work closely with government during the implementation of the new Victorian Senior Secondary certificates.
Civics & citizenship education
At Congress 2019 students voted Politics 101 as one of the top priorities in education. VicSRC was then contracted to by the government to produce student-led resources to support the civics and citizenship curriculum in areas students were most passionate about.
Sexuality & consent education
VicSRC has advocated for more accurate, inclusive and relevant sexuality and consent education for many years. After the introduction of mandatory consent education in Victoria, VicSRC is now working alongside educators and policy makers to make sure students are partners in their sexuality education.
Mental health is one of the biggest issues facing students, and while it's not a new issue the COVID-19 pandemic and growing global uncertainty have made it increasingly urgent in recent years.
Students on school council
VicSRC’s evidence-based advocacy led to the introduction of mandatory membership of students on all government secondary school councils to ensure students have a seat at the table in school governance.
The Education State
VicSRC’s consistent advocacy about the importance of student involvement in education decision making greatly contributed to the inclusion of student voice, agency and leadership as one of the key goals of Victoria in The Education State reform.
During the COVID19 pandemic extended lockdowns and remote learning periods in Victoria, VicSRC was an important and trusted source of up-to-date information for students and the broader education community while making sure students voices were included in decision-making at the highest level.