The survey

The ACER Social-Emotional Wellbeing Survey (SEW) uses an ‘ecological’, positive-psychology model of the social and emotional wellbeing of young people.  Professor Michael E. Bernard (Melbourne Graduate School of Education) developed the SEW which comprised three surveys covering Kindergarten/Preparatory to Year 12 students: two student surveys and an early years survey of students completed by their teacher.

The SEW is a confidential group survey with student responses reported by year level and gender. Student identification details are not included in the survey reports. To maintain anonymity and to provide reliable data, there is a minimum requirement of at least 10 students in each group.

Students respond to a series of statements confidentially indicating their level of agreement on a four-point Likert scale by choosing one of four alternatives: Strongly Agree, Agree, Disagree, Strongly Disagree. The Primary survey uses a two-point Likert scale (Agree or Disagree).

Survey forms are available for students from Prep to Year 12.