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The wellbeing and engagement collection (WEC) is a survey that collects information from students in years 4 to 12 about non-academic factors relevant to learning and participation.
The WEC gives schools, the community and government an insight into what needs to occur to ensure students experience success and are provided with resources and opportunities to reach their full potential.
The survey asks young people about how they think and feel about their experiences, both inside and outside of school. The survey includes questions related to areas of development linked to wellbeing, health and academic achievement.
In 2018, over 65,000 students completed the survey from across 524 schools.
It is not compulsory to participate in the WEC.
If a school decides to participate, students complete the WEC on a voluntary basis. Parents or caregivers can also withdraw a student if they choose.
Parents who do not want their child taking part can get their child’s name removed from the participant list by speaking to their teacher.
Schools are provided with an information pack before the WEC opens. This includes a parent letter and a copy of the questions. Parents can ask for a copy of the questions from the school or by emailing education.wecsa [at] sa.gov.au
The survey is undertaken during school hours and takes between 25 to 45 minutes to complete.
Schools, classrooms or students are not compared. Participating schools will receive a report based on student findings, but individual students are not identified.
See the sample school report for an example of how the survey results will be presented.
The results from the 2018 Wellbeing and Engagement Collection are available to view as well.
Email: education.wecsa [at] sa.gov.au