A survey to understand the spiritual beliefs, attitudes and practices of your students and the impact of your school
A survey provides the opportunity to hear from all students – not just the loudest. Being anonymous, it encourages honest and real answers. The responses will provide an evidence base through an annual survey of the spiritual life of students. It will inform schools about how well students are engaging with the message of Christ and the impact of faith in their life.
Principal, Annandale Christian College
The Student Spiritual Life Survey is designed to provide an annual snapshot that explores attitudes and practices around spirituality in general, and Christianity in particular. It will be available for high school students in 2024, with a possible survey for primary students in the future.
As it is an online survey, each school can choose the best time to run the survey throughout the year.
Results will provide measures of the faith impact of the school’s program for the school’s governing body and leadership.
How different age groups respond to the survey will inform initiatives such as Christian Development, Religious Education and other faith education programs.
Responses for particular cohorts can be tracked throughout their school journey, if the survey is repeated annually. A review of results over time may identify issues that need greater focus, and alongside other measures, can help inform pastoral and strategic actions.
Schools may commission extra questions to address particular areas of interest. Examples might be areas of strength to develop, areas schools would like to improve or areas of interest.
The project will be led by Dr Ruth Powell, and run by the NCLS Research team.
All questions including any commissioned questions will be designed by the research team who will add value to the survey and allow for comparison to the spirituality in other groups of Australians where possible.
Leader of Christian Development, Regents Park Christian School
NCLS Research is dedicated to research into faith, spirituality and church life and has been conducting world-leading projects to provide insights to denominations and Christian organisations for more than 30 years. Led by Dr Ruth Powell, our research team has decades of experience in the areas of sociology, psychology and religious studies. Click here for more information on NCLS Research.