Learning lessons in engaging students

Mentor Scott Harvey with survey collectors Ashleigh Evans, Jack Conticello, Nobby Pluke and John Anderson.
Mentor Scott Harvey with survey collectors Ashleigh Evans, Jack Conticello, Nobby Pluke and John Anderson.

The students, who attend BJL connecting communities, are surveying other teenagers at non-traditional education facilities to find out why they first left school.

Mentor Scott Harvey said initial findings of the surveys found that bullying was a significant cause.

‘When I started working at BJL, the kids were talking a lot about the effect of bullying,’ he said. ‘This is being reflected in the surveys being conducted with other students.’

The surveys questions respondents about their school experiences, relationship with teachers and what should be changed about school.

The findings will be presented at a forum at ECU Mt Lawley on June 4.

More than 200 Year 10 and 11 students are being surveyed as a part of the initiative.

Mr Harvey said the findings would then be presented to the Department of Education, principals, teachers and students.

‘We want to find out how more kids can stay engaged in school,’ he said.

To attend the forum, email thesourceoftheproblem@hotmail.com.au.