Teach the Teacher

Designed by students
Run by students

Mount Waverly Secondary College

Read about Mt Waverley's first Teach the Teacher program in 2015, and how the program has become an integral part of the school since with a video update from 2019.

Teach the teacher is a student-led professional development program for teachers. See how it works at Mount Waverly Secondary College

Who's involved?

The team

9 student leaders in Year 11, supported by the Leader of Programs and Student Leadership

The student-teacher session

Session 1 had 30 teachers participate;
Session 2 had 20 teachers participate

What's it all about?

The Teach the Teacher team aims to improve student-teacher relationships and enhance teaching and learning outcomes and in doing so, create positive lasting change and truly make a difference by helping students develop and lead conversations with their teachers. By encouraging student voice, students have established a forum for students to express their opinions and truly represent them to make a difference in terms of academic success at the college.


Improving teaching and learning outcomes


Establishing a college-wide feedback pro forma that all teachers can use for any of their classes


Students have discussed the positive impact that we have had, saying that they “can see a huge improvement in the way teachers teach now”, “it has made everyone realise that it is possible for students to talk to teachers and give them feedback and it doesn’t have to be in a negative light” and “it’s nice for the teacher to hear the good stuff once in a while but constructive criticism is good too”.

Next Steps

We hope to build on what we have achieved this year, with a new team of Year 11 and 12 students continuing every year into the future as an executive team, working together with all students, not just student leaders, to represent student voice. Advocating for student voice and representation is an incredibly powerful tool that, when combined with collaboration between teachers and students, we can use to achieve previously unimagined progress.

We envision Teach the Teacher continuing as a forum for engaging the school community and amplifying student voice to improve teaching and learning outcomes.

Contact us

Our Community House
552 Victoria Street,
North Melbourne

General inquiries

[email protected]
0411 679 050

Media inquiries

[email protected]
0488 700 138