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Educational Qualifications

See Pages 14 and 15 of your
Community Social Profile

Explore the educational qualifications of your community, in your CSP. You can Share it with others, Engage it with reflective questions, Dig Deeper into background research and national trends or Apply it to your setting with worksheets and workshops. Choose an option to suit you.

Download your CSP and share
Churches can download a copy of their CSP, using their Admin Key on the NCLS website. The pdf file can be saved, emailed, uploaded, or a selection of pages can be printed from it.

Screen shots for power point and newsletters
Using a pdf version of your CSP, you can use the “Take a Snapshot” edit function in Adobe Acrobat Reader, to copy a page or a graph and paste into a document or a power point presentation.

Questions to ask about your Community’s Educational Qualifications (p. 14 of CSP)
• Does any of this information about the educational qualifications achieved in the community surprise you?
• Does this suggest any changes to the church’s strategies of outreach to the local community?
• Does this suggest any changes to the activities your church offers– particularly in the area of adult faith education?

Questions to ask about Students in your Community (p. 15 of CSP)
• What is distinctive in your local community with regard to students?
• How adequately do you think your church’s activities reflect the number of primary students in your local community?
• How well do you feel that secondary students are being heard by your church, as they ask questions about life and form their identity as adolescents?
• Given the numbers in your area, do you think your church should be working to grow stronger connections with tertiary students? How might it do this?

Prepare a report on your CSP
You might like to use the questions above or Worksheet 5 in your Workbook to summarise key points to share with others in your church or community.

About Educational Qualifications and Current Students
The Community Social Profile shows the levels of formal education completed by residents aged 15 years and over in your area. It shows the highest year of school completed and post-school qualifications. It also provides a picture of current students, from pre-school to tertiary students.

Reading the information on educational qualifications along with the information on employment and income can give insight into the socio-economic status of people in your community. Similarly, you may learn about the stage of life of families in your local community by comparing the current students table with those on age and families.

Things to look for
Study the table that shows educational qualifications on page 14 of your CSP. This may be relevant to how you go about getting your message across – the language, the method and the concepts you use. Also, ask yourself what has changed: do educated people make up a smaller or larger proportion of your community in 2011 than in 2006?

Look at the table on the ‘Current Students’ page (page 15 of your CSP). Have these numbers changed? As students complete their education are they being replaced by others? Does this mean families are moving in and out of the area? (refer to 'Moving House' on page 23 of your CSP). Do you think students who live in your local area also go to local education institutions or do they travel to study? Does the ‘distinctiveness column’ highlight any particular opportunities or challenges about education?

National trends
Access to higher education has increased over time. This is reflected in an increase in the proportion of the population holding bachelor degrees. The proportion of people aged 15 and over with bachelor degree or higher was 15.6% in 2006 and 25% in 2012.

See the Community Social Profile Guide for more information, including Technical Notes and how to understand Tables, Maps and Graphs. [See p.17 of Guide]

Workshop processes to walk through your CSP
There are a variety of Workshop Processes in your Workbook to plan effective ways to improve your connections to the wider community.

Worksheets for use

A selection of Worksheets are available in your Workbook to use alongside your CSP, to look at your community, chart connections and apply the information.

The CSP, Workbook and Guide can be accessed online by those churches who purchase their Community Connections Pack. Enter your Admin Key under "Administer Your Church". Your Admin Key was included on the cover letter in your Pack.

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