Students want mindfulness teaching

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Nearly half of students in the Bay of Plenty believe there is not enough variety to in subjects on offer.

Meanwhile, nationwide, students would like mindfulness or more psychology-based subjects on the curriculum.

That is according to a survey conducted by LearnCoach on 2000 NCEA students across the nation.

The LearnCoach Student Survey, in its first year, discovered that 45.6 per cent of Bay of Plenty students want more variety to their options of study.

LearnCoach states that the survey has offered an in-depth look into the NCEA students psyche and feelings towards schooling in New Zealand.


As well as highlighting the concerns about variety in the BOP region, the survey highlights which subjects students across the nation would like added to their curriculum.

The survey revealed more than half, 51.6 per cent, of high-school students wish mindfulness or psychology-based modules were offered as part of the curriculum. Personal finance is next in line, with 45.1% of students wanting to learn this at high-school.

“School makes up such a large proportion of students’ day-to-day lives and we know there’s so much more to it than just grades,” says LearnCoach founder and CEO Dave Cameron.

High school can be a challenging time for many of our young people, so we wanted to give them a platform to share their thoughts on how they think, thrive, and what they aspire to be.

“It’s also important for parents and teachers to gain a better understanding of their children and students - whether that be how they interpret external pressures, or their visions beyond high school.”

Other key findings from the LearnCoach Student Survey include: 

•             67.8 per cent of students feel pressure from their own expectations when deciding  subjects

•             50.5 per cent) felt they had regular connection with teachers during lockdown

•             Nearly three quarters of students consume local news, 73 per cent increased news intake since Covid

•             86.2 per cent are planning on going straight to university from high school

•             49.7 per cent have a part-time job

•             28.2 per cent have a side hustle that is either their part-time job, or on top of working part time.

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