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Wellbeing in education

The promotion of wellbeing is central to the Department of Education mission to enable children and young people to achieve their full potential. Promoting the wellbeing of our children and young people is a shared community responsibility and is everybody’s business.

This site provides access to a wide range of wellbeing information and supports for schools, students and parents.

The Wellbeing Policy Statement and Framework for Practice was first published in 2018 and refreshed in 2019. It provided a definition of wellbeing, and an overarching structure encompassing the existing, ongoing and developing work in the area of wellbeing in education. It was informed by international research and practice and the many relevant policies and guidelines already available to schools and centres for education.

The document includes the Wellbeing Framework for Practice which comprises the key areas of wellbeing in education on which schools are advised to focus, the indicators of success in each of these key areas and statements of effective practice to guide schools. In addition, a suite of resources to support schools in this important work has been developed.

Schools are asked to include wellbeing promotion as a focus for their School Self Evaluation (SSE). This should involve the development, implementation and review of wellbeing promotion in their schools, which includes tracking impact.