The Education Horizons Group 2021 School Survey Report

The Education Horizons Group 2021 school survey report: The Voice of Australian Educators, is now available – drawing on responses from over 1,000 educators across 589 schools around Australia. This year’s report builds on our inaugural survey released in early 2020 and provides unique insights to the year just gone, including a growing well-being focus in schools.

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Overall, 73% of respondents identified Student and Staff wellbeing as a priority for 2021 – 13% more than last year and more common than academic outcomes as a school priority going forward. This shift toward a more holistic wellbeing focus appears to have been amplified by the pandemic – with 91% of school leaders in 2020 identifying balancing diverse student needs with pressure to achieve academic excellence as a major challenge.

“…We juggle so many things. There is strong competition in many directions and finding the balance of making all people happy, productive and busy learning is tricky”

Principal, NSW

Consistently embedding pedagogical approaches continues to be an important priority for schools in the year ahead, as was the case in our previous survey for both School Leaders and Teachers. But data from the current survey suggests the pandemic and remote working has increased Teachers’ workloads to the point where Teachers in 2021 are more likely to prioritise improved workflows to reduce workload (42 per cent) over pedagogical consistency. Teachers also reported a lack of time for non-classroom work, the challenge of mastering new technologies and adapting their planning to include more flexible ways to engage students beyond the normal classroom program.

How schools balance these growing demands will shape their success in 2021 and beyond.

“Having adequate time provided to allow for professional development in the use and implementation of online learning platforms rather than having to use my personal time. Also, relief time for the development of essential resources”

“Greater training and time to master new technologies and programs.”

You can download the full report here and please share your insights with us!