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Agency for learners is critical as it enables learners in a community to have the opportunity to engage, take ownership of and reflect on the consequences of actions and how they have impacted on self and others.

This is a document that explores what agency could look like and invites teachers and all adults in learning communities to ponder and reflect on the political spaces and constructs that impact on how and when students can access agency opportunities.

Having agency, means you are an active responsible agent in your learning. It means you get to share your ideas, make choices and own your learning. It means that you are supported in having the power to take thoughtful and deliberate actions that affect your own and others learning.

Having agency means

Having a voice in your learning community
Having choice in your learning community
Having ownership of your learning and your choices

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Agency

Agency for learners is critical as it enables learners in a community to have the opportunity to engage, take ownership of and reflect on the consequences of actions and how they have impacted on self and others.

This  is a document that explores what agency could look like and invites teachers and all adults in learning communities to ponder and reflect on the political spaces and constructs that impact on how and when students can access agency opportunities.

Having agency, means you are an active responsible agent in your learning. It means you get to share your ideas, make choices and own your learning. It means that you are supported in having the power to take thoughtful and deliberate actions that affect your own and others learning.

Having agency means

  • Having a voice in your learning community
  • Having choice in your learning community
  • Having ownership of your learning and your choices

VOICE means being allowed and encouraged to share ideas that will affect the learning community

 CHOICE means being allowed to make useful choices that will impact on your own and others’ learning

 OWNERSHIP means being responsible and thoughtful in your decision-making; it means reflecting and being able and supported in having ‘response- ability’

Having agency, means you are an active responsible agent in your learning.

Read our blog on agency

The commitment to ensuring student agency is addressed in IB schools is receiving greater attention in this coming school year. Like all ideas and buzzwords it can appear to be a ‘good’ word and assume all parties have a similar understanding of the complexities carried in this concept.

If we take ‘agency’ to mean the capacity to impact on the shaping and influencing of one’s own life and learning outcomes, according to what one gives importance to, then it starts to unveil that agency is a complex concept.