Dubai's Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) has completed the trial run of a five-year project to measure the wellbeing of middle school students in Dubai, with 2500 students from 19 schools surveyed.
The Student Wellbeing Census, run by the KHDA in partnership with the Department of Education and Child Development (DECD) in South Australia, will include 70,000 students in Grades 6, 7, 8 and 9 (equivalent to Year 7, 8, 9 and 10) from every private school in Dubai when it is fully rolled out in November 2017.
Census data will provide schools with an in-depth understanding of how students feel about their school life, home life, themselves and their relationships with others. The data will also provide insight into student attitudes towards their experiences in and out of school.
The questions have have been fully adapted to Dubai's education culture and will be offered in both English and Arabic.
The data will then enable school leaders to better design their schools' wellbeing culture, and will allow policymakers to make evidence-based changes that have positive long-term impact on the education community.
Schools will also be given their own results, which they may choose to share with parents. All student responses are anonymous. Following the census, workshops will be held for school leaders and teachers to help them understand how to interpret the data and to design strategies to increase wellbeing in future years.
The Student Wellbeing Census builds on the School of Hearts and Minds survey, which has been measuring student wellbeing in Dubai since 2014.