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What do you want from your children's education? Results from one school's Parent Survey

Posted on 28 October 2018
What do you want from your children's education? Results from one school's Parent Survey
A recent survey of 1,000 Victorian parents and teachers conducted by independent school Kilvington Grammar in Melbourne, assessed the outcomes, skills and character traits considered most important for children to gain from school, as well as concerns for today's children during their schooling years.

The findings included:

  • The outcome ranked as least important was a high ATAR score, while the most important outcomes included communication skills, having a positive attitude and a strong work-ethic followed by courage, self-esteem and problem solving.
  • The character traits most parents and teachers want for children included problem solving, respect, responsibility, confidence, independence and self-esteem.
  • Top concerns included coping with being bullied, cyber bullying, peer pressure around drugs and alcohol, anxiety and depression and the negative impact of social media.
  • 93% of respondents felt children should be learning and developing 'life skills' at school along with core academic subjects.
  • 85% agreed that focusing on test scores like NAPLAN and ATAR does not take into account all aspects of a child's development and capabilities.
  • Academic achievement (49%) and High ATAR score (32%) were considered least important in preparing children for the future job market.

For more details can be found HERE


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