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Use evidence and data to understand your school’s needs – schools as community hubs

Evidence and data can create help you understand your school community’s

  • characteristics
  • strengths
  • needs.

When you gather and analyse data it helps you plan. It also makes it easier to grow your hub.

Why data is helpful

You can use data to help you decide what your hub should focus on and aim to achieve. Data can help you identify the needs of:

  • staff
  • students
  • families
  • community.

If you collect data early enough, you can track progress over time.

Involve students

When you collect and analyse data get your students involved too. This can be done as part of their curriculum and learning.

Look for different and useful data

The Wellbeing for learning a whole school approach (Department for Education login required) states:

“Useful data available to schools and preschools includes the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) and the Wellbeing and Engagement Collection (WEC). It is important to understand the intention, limitations and implications of each data collection.”

The department has many existing data sources you can use. Visit the department’s website to find out more.

Look for different data sources

You can talk to local groups to find other useful data. For example, the local council or youth club may have conducted their own surveys of community interest and needs.

Talk to your local council about the data they have and can share. Think about other groups your school works with.

Schools as Community Hubs

Phone: 8226 2479
Email: education.sach [at] sa.gov.au