Relational Schools Project
In 2017 and 2018, CSA completed one of the largest research projects undertaken on Christian schools in Australia. The project was overseen by the Relational Schools Foundation in the United Kingdom under the direction of Dr Rob Loe and sought to measure relational quality and student wellbeing between students, teachers and students and with the community (between home and school). “Relational Proximity” is defined as a measure of the distance in the relationship between two people or organisations. The project involved 17 schools and over 13,000 student responses with nearly 1 million lines of data.
The research findings of the Relational Schools project in Australia were significant in both scope and quality. The findings were clear: the level of Relational Proximity within Australian Christian schools was very high and the correlations with the UK data revealed that, on average, Christian Schools in Australia were exceeding the levels of schools from the initial research in the UK. A second phase of the project was also undertaken in 2019.
Take a few minutes and watch this introduction to the project.
Dr Rob Loe presented keynotes at the 2018 CSA Leaders’ Summit addressing this project. If you are a CSA member, you have access to all of the keynote addresses from Dr Loe.
In 2017, CSA engaged the Relational Schools Foundation to survey twenty CSA schools, 8,000 students and some 30 teachers. Specifically, exploring the impact that relationship and community has upon student well-being and achievement. This was the first of its kind in Australia! Check out the pilot footage below from Hillcrest Christian College, Victoria.