Under the terms of the intergovernmental agreement under which the National School Chaplaincy Programme (NSCP) the Australian Government Department of Education and Training required an evaluation to research the effectiveness of the NSCP in terms of how it is delivered, utilised and viewed within government, Catholic and independent schools.
The overarching objective of this research was to understand the effectiveness of the NSCP, how the programme is implemented and, in particular, explore how the programme supports the emotional wellbeing of students and the broader school community. Feedback was gathered from principals, chaplains, students and parents. Overall, the findings of this research indicate the NSCP is delivering on its objectives of supporting the emotional wellbeing of students and the broader school community.
According to the Report, satisfaction with the NSCP is high. 85% of principals reported being extremely satisfied with the NSCP services and activities delivered in their school. Principals were asked to provide their views on the satisfaction of students, teachers and parents, which were as follows:
- 86% of students were considered to be extremely satisfied
- 81% of teachers were considered to be extremely satisfied; and
- 74% of parents were considered to be extremely satisfied.
The NSCP is also considered to be important to the school community, with 88% of principals, 76% of chaplains, 77% of parents and 60% of students considered the NSCP to be important to the school.
Very pleasingly, the NSCP is considered to be most effective in supporting the emotional and social wellbeing of students. Almost 9 in 10 principals, 8 in 10 chaplains and 8 in 10 parents rated NSCP services and activities extremely well in contributing to supporting the emotional and social wellbeing of students. This finding strongly aligns with the overarching objectives and aims of the NSCP.
A full copy of the independent review can be downloaded from the link below