Private school students shopping around

National Australia Bank

NAB research has revealed more than one in three private school students have either switched schools in the past year or are considering doing so, with the majority switching between private schools.

While it’s widely accepted that the choice of school is one of the big decisions parents will make in relation to their child’s education, it seems the decision is far from final.

The top reasons for switching schools included the child’s happiness and wellbeing (33%) and insufficient attention to individual student needs (30%).

Dr John Newton, Principal at Scotch College in Adelaide, says these themes are front and centre of his conversations with students and parents.

“Wellbeing is key to a successful and happy student, that’s why wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do,” Dr Newton said.

“It permeates our teaching programs, our pastoral structures, our policies, and the way we engage with students, parents and teachers.

“Part of wellbeing is recognising one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to learning and teaching. We offer our students a wide variety of subjects so they can express their creativity and individualism, as well as gaining strong formal academic qualifications.

“When students are engaged in subjects that fire their imagination, rather than focusing on a set of tactical choices to get the best ATAR, they have purpose and strong mental health.

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Purruna Wellbeing and Sport Centre

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