Date
12 April 2021

Resourcing for wellbeing

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Strategically resourcing for inclusive practices’

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Create a wellbeing culture

Create a wellbeing culture

Having a strong culture of wellbeing provides the foundation for schools' responses to issues and crises.

A positive school culture is vital for achieving the desired outcomes for student wellbeing.

Source: Education Review Office (opens in a new tab/window)

Create a collaborative culture

Create a collaborative culture

Creating a collaborative culture is one of the characteristics of school leaders who are successful in transforming practice.

Review the following characteristics in your own context.

Successful change leaders:

  • create professional communities that have a sense of shared ownership over key goals
  • prioritise whole-school development
  • engage all teachers and students with key goals
  • share leadership roles and consult all teachers about big decisions
  • create bridges between groups that might not be working together, such as between schools and parents.

Source: NZCER (opens in a new tab/window)

Identify key opportunities

Identify key opportunities

Take time to identify what is going on in your school and the type of wellbeing change that is required.

Consider how you will:

  • identify areas of strengths to build on and areas for improvement
  • identify and resource people who can lead specific interventions
  • ensure all members of your school community have a voice and are given multiple opportunities to contribute – ākonga, whānau, support staff.
  • provide professional learning to support the consistent implementation of the school’s plan for wellbeing.

Source: New Zealand institute of Wellbeing & Resilience | The Educators’ Guide to Whole- School Wellbein (opens in a new tab/window)

Teaching for wellbeing

Teaching for wellbeing

Deliberately map and review curriculum opportunities to support wellbeing and mental health issues. Ensure all students have opportunities to explore wellbeing issues at all year levels.

Review pathways to support

Review pathways to support

Resource students as active participants in creating a culture of wellbeing

Provide students with opportunities for authentic decision-making over matters that affect them.

Consider opportunities that can be provided for students to access:

  • peer-to-peer support groups
  • on-site health clinics
  • on-site nurse consultations
  • on-site school counsellors
  • youth workers
  • health information
  • referral pathways for medical care
  • access to LGBTQIA+ youth support groups.

Source: Guide to LGBTIQA+ students (opens in a new tab/window)

Useful resources

Useful resources

File

Wellbeing for success: Effective practice

Publisher: Education Review Office | Te Tari Arotake Matauranga

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Wellbeing for success A resource for schools

Wellbeing for success: A resource for schools

Read time: 34 min

Publisher: Education Review Office | Te Tari Arotake Matauranga

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Website

Grow Waitaha | Monitoring impact on well-being and learning

Publisher: Grow Waitaha

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Strategically resourcing for inclusive practices”:

Return to the guide “Leading schools that include all learners ”

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