Date
23 February 2024

Support wellbeing

Create a school culture of wellbeing and hauora for all.

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Use the mana model

Use the mana model

Melinda Webber explains the Mana model that features in the Mental Health Education guide.

Create a wellbeing culture

Create a wellbeing culture

“National and international research shows that when children and young people have a strong sense of wellbeing they can engage meaningfully in learning.” (Source: Ministry of Education).

In this video, Te Kura Māori o Porirua talks about their vision and how kaiako are working with whānau to support tamariki.

Promote wellbeing across the curriculum

Promote wellbeing across the curriculum

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.
  • Develop culturally responsive approaches to wellbeing and hauora.
  • Explicitly teach wellbeing through Health and PE using the Mana model.
  • Integrate social and emotional learning.
  • Map out wellbeing themes such as resilience and belonging across all curriculum areas.
  • Identify and implement programmes that meet wellbeing needs.

Take students’ perspectives

Take students’ perspectives

Build relationships and talk to your students about disability and inclusion to understand their perspectives and wellbeing needs.

Support teacher wellbeing

Support teacher wellbeing

Auckland's Sancta Maria College addressed teacher wellbeing. They created The Good New Habits Book after teachers were found to be floundering due to workload intensity, demands on time and an unbalanced approach.

Provide options for wellbeing support

Provide options for wellbeing support

Provide students with access to a variety of wellbeing resources to cater for the range of needs, preferences and circumstances.

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)

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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