08 September 2017

School Student Wellbeing Teams Under the Spotlight

Stressed, bullied and anxious students offered help via student wellness programs at school. 

The annual NAB Independent Schools Survey for 2017 reveals the huge level of investment schools are making in supporting the mental health and overall wellbeing of their students, with programs ranging from mindfulness and meditation practices to the building of special buildings equipped with swimming pools, yoga studios and spaces of quiet reflection.

 

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The survey showed that the biggest negative impact to student wellbeing related to family conflict or breakdown, with bullying following as a close 7.

An overwhelming majority of independent schools now have wellbeing programs in place, with schools creating new specialist positions such as Directors of Wellbeing, and employing wellbeing coaches to counsel children.

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Nine in 10 independents schools are now offering a wellness service to students and public schools following suit.

All NSW public schools are required to have a planned approach to wellbeing, according to the NSW Education Department, and $167.2 million was earmarked over four years for wellbeing packages for schools.

 

CyberHound aims to bolster Welfare Teams initiatives by offering features that help protect students by promoting responsible internet use and digital citizenship. Find out more here.

Read the full NAB Independent Schools Survey 2017 here.