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Student Engagement and Wellbeing Survey FAQs for parents and carers

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What is the Student Engagement and Wellbeing Survey?

The Student Engagement and Wellbeing Survey is a new tool designed to measure how Queensland students view aspects of their wellbeing and engagement at school. The survey will collect data from Queensland schools in a consistent and systematic way to gain a better understanding of the wellbeing and engagement of students and how we can best support them.

In Term 4, 2020, the department is conducting a pilot of the Student Engagement and Wellbeing Survey, which is the first pilot of the survey within Queensland. The primary focus of the survey pilot is to test and validate the survey instrument and to confirm the administration process with schools. The results from this survey will help individual schools and the department know how best to support students.

What is the purpose of running a survey pilot?

This is the first pilot of the Student Engagement and Wellbeing Survey within Queensland. Running a survey pilot means we are able to test and validate the survey instrument and to confirm the administration process and documentation with schools.

A small selection of schools have been invited to take part in the survey pilot and their feedback will be invaluable to make sure potential future collections of the survey run smoothly.

Schools taking part in the Student Engagement and Wellbeing Survey pilot will receive reports providing insight into student engagement and wellbeing from the perspective of their students.

What kind of questions will the survey ask?

The survey measures many aspects of students' wellbeing, engagement and experience at school. It includes questions about resilience, school climate, sense of belonging, motivation and perseverance, academic self-concept, personal social capabilities, general life satisfaction, future outlook and aspirations, relationships with peers, teachers and at home and general health.

How will taking part in this survey benefit my child's school?

Participating will provide your child's school insight into student engagement and wellbeing from the perspective of students. Data collected from the survey responses are quickly compiled into reports for school leaders. Principals can then use this information to help them identify emerging issues and plan for school improvement.

What does my child need to do to participate in the survey?

The survey typically takes 30 minutes and will be conducted online during class time.

How will my child be supported to complete the survey?

The Student Engagement and Wellbeing Survey can be administered flexibly. Teachers may provide additional assistance to students who require support. If you have any concerns about your child receiving support when participating in the survey, please contact your school.

Does my child have to participate?

Participation in the Student Engagement and Wellbeing Survey pilot is optional.

Your child will be asked before starting the survey if they would like to participate and they are free to withdraw at any time.

You may also choose to withdraw your child from the survey at any time. Choosing not to participate in the survey will not affect your child's education in any way.

To withdraw your child from participating in the survey, please contact your school before Monday 19 October 2020.

Can I access my child's data?

You can contact the Student Engagement and Wellbeing project team on SEWsurvey@qed.qld.gov.au to receive a copy of the questions from the survey. However, to protect students’ confidentiality, we are unable to provide you with a copy of your child’s responses.

Will the school be able to identify my child from their responses?

All survey responses are treated confidentially and stored securely by the department in accordance with the Information Privacy Act (2009).

To guarantee the confidentiality of individual responses, every student's answers will remain de-identified and will only be reported back to the school on an aggregate year-level basis. If there are less than 10 students in your child's year level and/or school, reports will be amalgamated with another year level or another school's report in a similar area to ensure no student's data can be identified.

What sort of analysis will be done on the survey data?

The department is interested in analysing the trends that appear in the results of the survey, so we can get a better understanding of the relationship between engagement, wellbeing and what schools are currently doing to support students.

Can all students participate in the survey?

The Student Engagement and Wellbeing Survey pilot will be open to all students in Year 4 and Year 8.

As some schools may find it useful to have a broader set of information returned to them, schools are welcome to include students from other grades in the survey pilot (from Year 4 and above).

When will the Student Engagement and Wellbeing Survey happen?

The Student Engagement and Wellbeing Survey pilot will occur in week 3 and 4 of Term 4, 2020 (between 19 and 30 October).

Who can I contact if I have further questions?

If you have further questions about the Student Engagement and Wellbeing Survey, please get in touch with your child's teacher or school principal.

The Student Engagement and Wellbeing Survey project team can be contacted on email SEWsurvey@qed.qld.gov.au.

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Last updated 02 October 2020