On October 12, 2015, we asked the following questions to students in Ontario:

Are you comfortable with voicing your opinions at school?

Would you try harder to voice your opinions if more opportunities were presented?

Are there enough opportunities for you to voice your opinion in school?

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much of an impact does student voice provide?

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Since 2008, the Canadian government has officially implemented student voice initiatives and opportunities in classrooms and outside schools to satisfy the increasing demand for this subject. But we wondered how effective these initiatives really are. So over the past couple of months, the FCSS-FECS has worked hard to release a comprehensive report on student voice, and it’s all thanks to you.

By collecting and organizing data from over 500 secondary students in Ontario, we have been able to evaluate the effectiveness of student voice in our province. And the results are just staggering. When answering whether they were comfortable sharing their opinions at school, over 25% answered no. Furthermore, 80% replied they would work harder to exercise their voice if there were more opportunities available, but nearly half of the students said there weren’t enough opportunities in their schools. But that’s not all! If you’re curious to learn more about what students are thinking and their responses to other questions, check out our report here: http://buff.ly/1lK4Q3f.

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