Teach the Teacher

Designed by students
Run by students

Mount Waverley 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.

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


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”.

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.

Flowchart showing Mount Waverley Secondary College’s Teach the Teacher annual schedule. Term 1: VicSRC workshop 1.  Term 2: Survey students and teachers; present preliminary findings at staff meeting; VicSRC workshop 2.  Term 3: First student-led Professional Development session for teachers; report back to students; create video.  Term 4: Second student-led Professional Development session for teachers.