FAQs - Dubai Student Wellbeing Census 2017


FAQs - Dubai Student Wellbeing Census 2017

What is the purpose of the Dubai Student Wellbeing Census?
To provide the government and schools with information to support the work of improving and maintaining students’ health, happiness and wellbeing. As a long term initiative, its aim is to demonstrate changes in student wellbeing over time in our schools.

Who completes the census?
The census will be offered to students in Grades 6 - 9 (Years 7 - 10) at every private school in Dubai. Students can choose to take it in either Arabic, English or French.

When does the census take place?
The census will be conducted in November 2017. Students will complete the census during school time in their classrooms.

Where can I access the Dubai Student Wellbeing Census? How long will it take to complete the census?
The Dubai Student Wellbeing Census is completed online. All participating schools will receive a link that will be sent out together with a unique student ‘log in’ token. Students will be asked to complete the census during school lesson time. It takes between 25 - 45 minutes to complete and students complete the census in the presence of their teacher/survey administrator. The census is not a test, there are no right or wrong answers.

What does the census ask?
The census asks students about their:

  • Social and emotional wellbeing/happiness
  • School relationships and engagement
  • Physical health, lifestyle and after school activities.
Some example statements for students to agree/disagree with
I feel happyI worry about things
I keep at my schoolwork until I am finishedThe things in my life are excellent
I am a hard workerPeople care about each other in this school
I get along well with most of my teachersI feel safe at school

What if I don’t want my child to take part in the census?
There are three ways that a student or parent can opt out of the census:

  1. If you do not want your child to take part in the census, please talk to your child’s class teacher by the date specified in the parent letter. A letter will be sent home to parents with children participating in the census prior to taking the Dubai Student Wellbeing Census.
  2. Students will be asked if he/she would like to take part. Even if students begin the census, they can withdraw at any time.
  3. Students can opt out of answering questions they do not feel comfortable answering.

How will the information be kept confidential?
The answers to the questions on the census will be kept confidential to protect all participants. Any information that could identify a student, such as names and addresses, are kept separate from the responses given in the census. Student results will be grouped so as schools will be unable to view individual responses.

Will individual student data be shared with schools?
The Dubai Student Wellbeing Census is designed to measure large groups of students and not to generate reports on individual students.

Although individual students complete the Census, the questions in the Census are not validated for individual diagnosis or assessment of children.

Student responses will be combined with responses from those of others in the same school to enable schools, communities and governments to meet the needs of all students.

Students are assured that their responses will be kept private and confidential before they commence the Census.

How will KHDA use the results from my school? Will they be published?
Results from the Dubai Student Wellbeing Census will contribute to the ongoing conversations KHDA has with schools to further improve overall student wellbeing and to help provide insights into the school environment. Only aggregate Dubai level data will be published.

What happens if a student needs help after finishing the census?
Students are asked if the census questions have made them think of problems they are having. If students are having problems with other students, for example they are advised to share these issues with their parents, other family members or a teacher/counsellor at their school.

What will the census results be used for?
Survey results can be used to identify areas to improve learning in schools in Dubai.

For example:

  • Prioritise additional support or learning programmes
  • Determine where to allocate existing resources
  • Set priorities, plans and goals in schools

Where can I get more information?
For further information please visit Dubai Student Wellbeing Census page. For further questions or concerns, please email wellbeingcensus@khda.gov.ae or call 043640000.

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