Why looking after your student’s wellbeing is paramount

Education is so much more than just learning curriculums and finding academic success for students. It’s also about building safe, inclusive and connected school communities that promote wellbeing and learning.

As a society, we are beginning to take our students’ mental and emotional wellbeing more seriously than ever in recent years, both as individuals and collectively, and education plays a vital role.

As an educator or a parent, it is paramount to understand the important link between wellbeing and learning.

What is student wellbeing?

What is student wellbeing?

Wellbeing is a multi-faceted concept involving much more than just physical health. It’s a combination of a person’s emotional, mental and social health and it also reflects how they feel about themselves and their life in general.

Wellbeing is linked to enhanced learning outcomes, academic achievement, mental health and responsible life choices. And we know that a safe, respectful and inclusive environment enables students to feel connected and engaged in their learning and this lays the foundation for them to reach their potential in learning and in life.

What is student wellbeing?

Helping students to feel connected and engaged in their learning, and collaborating effectively with parents, will enable students to develop the social and emotional skills to grow into happy, respectful, well-balanced and successful members of their school and the wider community.

The foundations to promote student wellbeing and safety

The foundations to promote student wellbeing and safety

According to the Australian Student Wellbeing Framework, the five elements of leadership, inclusion, student voice, partnerships and support, serve as the foundations to promote student wellbeing and safety.

The Framework strongly promotes student wellbeing, safety and positive relationships so that students can reach their full potential.

Leadership

Leadership

Visible, consistent and strong leadership inspires positive communities and in turn, plays an active role in building an environment for students to feel included, connected, safe and respected.

As parents and teachers, it’s important to understand your students’ perspective about their safety and their wellbeing to promote the best learning outcomes. Communicating with your students lets them know that you care for their learning, safety and wellbeing.

Communication also encourages collaboration and can help you identify their areas of strengths and also areas that need improvement.

Leadership
Inclusion

Inclusion

Creating an inclusive and connected culture with your students is paramount.

All members of the school community are active participants in building a welcoming school culture that values diversity and fosters positive, respectful relationships.

It’s important to recognise that your role as a staff member or parent plays a significant role in building a supportive and safe learning environment.

With this in mind, model and promote values and behaviour that reflects positive, caring and respectful relationships. By fostering an inclusive culture, students can enhance their social, emotional and learning outcomes.

Student voice

Student voice

Encouraging authentic student participation is a great way to help students feel connected and in control of their social and emotional skills.It’s important to actively engage students through the use of evidence-informed, strengths-based approaches to enhance their own learning and wellbeing.

Students also need a healthy outlet such as journalling, to process their emotions and personal thoughts.This can also help students train their social and emotional skills through understanding personal safety, resilience, and seeking help.

Student voice

This type of collaboration can also equip students with better strategies to address violence, bullying and abuse in all online and physical spaces.

Partnerships

Partnerships

Promoting effective family and community partnerships is vital in supporting student learning, safety and wellbeing.Proactively building collaborative relationships with families and communities creates a shared understanding of how to support students’ wellbeing.

Build partnerships and strategies with other families and community organisations to ensure a two-way reciprocal exchange of knowledge on wellbeing issues.

Building links with other families and community organisations can assist in the early identification of need and support, including from vulnerable groups.

Creating partnerships can also ensure students’ safety and wellbeing within the context of the school’s urban, regional, rural or remote location.

Support

Support

Providing support for students cultivates an understanding of wellbeing and positive behaviour and strongly supports effective teaching and learning.

Actively embedding wellbeing and support for positive behaviour strategies will promote resilience in students.

It’s important to regularly engage in your student’s professional learning to support their wellbeing and respond to their changing needs.

Support
Providing expert student wellbeing resources

Providing expert student wellbeing resources

Endeavour Education has supported hundreds of teachers and parents to look after their students’ wellbeing by providing expert digital and print educational resources.

We have consistently distributed resources that support and address the foundations of student wellbeing through our popular distribution of My Wellbeing Journals.

My Wellbeing Journals are personal spaces for students to express their feelings, fears, goals, struggles and opinions without fear of judgement from others.

They are tools students can use to help get their private thoughts out of their minds and onto paper, while simultaneously learning techniques and strategies to cope with life’s challenges.

Throughout My Wellbeing Journals, students will be offered exercises that focus on:

  • Self-management
  • Self-awareness
  • Social awareness
  • Relationship skills
  • Responsible decision making

My Wellbeing Journals are developed from curriculum outcomes and are available across all year groups, from primary through to secondary.

We also have a Teacher’s Manual edition that provides professional background information for Years F-6, including lesson plans designed to guide each topic, extra teacher-based content for sensitive topics, and techniques and strategies to cope with life’s challenges.

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