Sometimes this may even appear to conflict with other school priorities, such as academic standards. After all, unreasonably high expectations, testing or an over-emphasis on academic performance may actually undermine student wellbeing.
However, our school does have the freedom to make the changes to school life which might most benefit student wellbeing, including formal examinations and tests, the content of curricula, the length of the school day or the physical school environment.
We don’t have control over the out-of-school influences on student wellbeing. What happens in the home and the family, local communities or social media can have as much, if not more, influence on student wellbeing as anything in school. However, we hope that the learning school and home have provided will give each student a firm foundation to make the right and most healthy of choices.
Developing wellbeing in students is made easier when school staff themselves have a positive sense of wellbeing. Wellbeing at work is strongly related workload, quality of professional relationships, level of autonomy, clarity about one’s role, availability of support and the opportunity to be involved in changes which affect one’s professional life. Our school works hard to provide a workplace that provides as much as it can for it staff, however difficult this may seem.