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Engagement in Education

The Commissioner has undertaken a major education consultation to explore the factors that influence a student’s level of engagement in school and the complex interplay these factors have on each other and their overall engagement.

Collaborating with the Department of Education, Catholic Education Western Australia and the Independent Schools Association of WA, the Commissioner’s office consulted more than 1,800 students from 98 primary and secondary schools around the state in a range of surveys and workshops.

The participating schools were randomly selected from metropolitan and non-metropolitan schools across the government, Catholic and independent education sectors.

Much effort has been put into developing resources, frameworks, policies and programs to support and engage students. This work is important and has helped many students, but by listening to the voices of children and young people, it is clear there is more to be done to create a truly responsive and equitable education system.

Two reports, which report on the findings of this consultation, were tabled in the WA Parliament on 29 January 2018. These are available to download below:

  • Speaking Out About School and Learning - The views of WA children and young people on factors that support their engagement in school and learning
  • School and Learning Consultation - Technical Report


Students' views on school and learning seminar presentation

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Policy brief - Children and young people speak out about education and safety at school

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Engagement in Education Snapshot - Year 3-6

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Engagement in Education Snapshot- Year 7-12

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Marketa Reeves from the Commissioner for Children and Young People WA can help answer any questions you have about the consultation. She is available by phone on 6213 2297 or email at

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