The effect of student voice on the perception of student agency

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Student voice and agency are important topics in education, but related initiatives remain under-investigated. This study investigates the link between student voice and perception of student agency through the introduction of a student-led committee using a longitudinal mixed-method approach in an independent secondary school in Scotland. Paired-samples t-tests were conducted for the students’ (n = 95) responses showing an increase in mean effect (p = 0.025) of the introduction of the committee on student perception of student consultation and decision making in the school. Committee members reported a reduction in their sense of agency (n = 5, p = 0.045). Qualitative data is presented to support the discussion of results which suggest student-led committees affect the perception of student agency and wider school ethos is important.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101923
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Research
Early online date14 Jan 2022
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2022


  • student voice
  • student agency
  • perception
  • perceived importance
  • education
  • secondary school
  • Scotland


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