Wellbeing Snapshots

Friends

The wellbeing and engagement collection (WEC) is an annual survey conducted by the Department for Education that asks students three questions about friendship to give an overall wellbeing rating for friendship (low, medium, high). In 2018 the WEC was completed by 65,000 year 4 to year 10 students from 524 schools.

In 2018, 90% of all year 4 to year 10 students reported a medium or high wellbeing rating for friendship, remaining steady from 2016 (90%). The proportions of Aboriginal students and students with disability who reported a medium or high rating for friendship was 89% and 87% respectively. Year 4 students were more likely to report satisfaction (91%) compared to year 10 students (89%).

In metropolitan Adelaide, the region with the highest proportion of year 4 to year 10 students with a medium or high wellbeing rating for friendship was Unley (94%). In regional/remote South Australia the region with the highest proportion was Lower North (91%).

Language Spoken at Home

There are over 57,000 children and young people under the age of 15 in South Australia who speak a language other than English at home.

Most of these children and young people live in metropolitan Adelaide with a significant proportion living in the northern regions of Adelaide. The Salisbury region has more than 9,000 children and young people who speak a language other than English at home and the Port Adelaide region has nearly 8,000.

At the 2016 Australian Census, there were 892 Aboriginal children and young people under the age of 15 who spoke an Australian Indigenous Language at home. Of these, 466 spoke Pitjantjatjara and 96 spoke Ngarrindjeri.

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