Background

In 2003, the Australian Council for Educational Research first published a set of social and emotional wellbeing survey instruments developed by Professor Michael E. Bernard. They were designed to measure different aspects of the social and emotional wellbeing of students enrolled in early childhood programs (preparatory, kindergartens and pre-schools), primary schools and secondary schools.

In 2007, ACER in conjunction with Australian Scholarships Group, undertook a collaborative research project on the SEW Surveys of a large sample of students. The de-identified data was subjected to methodological analysis to determine the survey's suitability for describing different levels of students’ social and emotional wellbeing. This report was able to shed further light on the social and emotional wellbeing of young people in Australia.

Since 2008, the report for schools has included comparisons to a pool of 'All Schools' data which currently consists of results from over 32 000 surveys. This provides schools with the opportunity to compare their students' social-emotional wellbeing scores with those of other schools who have completed the survey.

As the SEW Survey's popularity grows, ACER continues to evolve it to meet the needs of a diverse, international education community.

ASG Student Social and Emotional Health Report (PDF 5.29MB)
A Research Project conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research

Michael E. Bernard, Ph.D.
Faculty of Education, University of Melbourne
Andrew Stephanou
Australian Council for Educational Research
Daniel Urbach
Australian Council for Educational Research

The State of Student Social and Emotional Health (PDF 683KB)

Excerpts and findings from the ASG Student Social and Emotional Health Report
for media, parents, educators and the community