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Positive engagement in education is one of the most vital determinants of a person’s lifelong health and wellbeing.

In a number of previous consultations, children and young people themselves have told the Commissioner about the importance of school and the role of education in affecting their wellbeing.



How can you help your child to be engaged in school and learning?

Top tips for parents, carers and family

School and learning powerpoint presentation

School and Learning through the eyes of students (Colin Pettit)

School and learning consultation - Technical report

Speaking out about school and learning - The views of WA children and young people on factors that support their engagement in school and learning

Speaking out about school and learning - Summary report

Issues Papers

Issues Papers

Creativity and education

Policy Briefs

Policy Briefs

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

Children and young people speak out about education and health at school

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

Children and young people speak out about education and safety at school



Submission to the Productivity Commission on National Education Evidence Base, June 2016

Submission to Senate Select Committee on School Funding Investment

Submission to the Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs, October 2015

Inquiry into educational opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

Submission to the Productivity Commission, May 2014

Inquiry into Childcare and Early Learning

More Information

More Information

Opinion piece - Let's not panic about kids wagging school

The Daily Telegraph, Professor Stephen Zubrick – 14 August 2014

Opinion piece - Professor looks to make a difference

The West Australian, Professor Colleen Hayward – 13 April 2013

Opinion piece - Community input vital to giving kids best start

The West Australian, Mrs Annie Fogarty – 20 November 2012



We Are 10 - Information sheet

To celebrate the Commissioner's office's 10 year anniversary in late 2017, a consultation is being held with 10-year-olds across Western Australia.

Addressing Bullying Behaviour in Children and Young People 2015

During Children's Week 2015 the Commissioner held a free public forum for parents, teachers and other professionals about effective methods of reducing bullying behaviour, which included a presentation by Winthrop Professor Donna Cross from the Telethon Kids Institute.

Thinker in Residence 2014

International expert in child resilience Dr Michael Ungar visited Perth in 2014, offering new perspectives on a community-wide approach to building resilience in children and young people, particularly those who are vulnerable or who have complex needs.

Thinker in Residence 2011

Paul Collard, chief executive of the non-government organisation Creativity, Culture and Education in the UK, investigated the potential for creativity in education and cultural experiences to strengthen the wellbeing of children and young people in Western Australia.

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