Wellbeing is at the heart of learning. A deliberate focus on wellbeing skills in schools provides the foundation on which life-long learning and flourishing futures are built – for students, teachers, principals, schools, parents and the whole school community.
When mental health, resilience and optimism are taught as part of school curriculum, more pro-social and responsible behaviour becomes evident. It also creates a more positive emotional climate for learning. Research indicates that this results in enhanced student engagement and academic outcomes as well as reduced likelihood of teacher burnout.
When wellbeing is core business within a school, positive results are amplified, promoting benefits for all.
Frances Totney writes about whole school wellbeing and our Growing Great Schools initiative in an article for Always Learning.
Read the article in Always Learning.