Improving Wellbeing, Mental Health & Resilience in Education
Embedding student health at the core of education
27 - 28 Jul 2020Ellerslie Event Centre, Auckland
- Exploring the most common schools of thought on student wellbeing
- Examining some of the most successful programmes to identify commonalities
- Understanding how wellbeing in schools must include staff in their scope and how this will improve a student’s chance of success
- Underling the importance of the role that schools and educators play in the emotional and psychological development of well-rounded individuals
- Examining the influence that a teacher’s reaction to a given event or action can have on a student’s opinion of and approach to others
- Practical methods of nurturing empathy, compassion, and other socially positive character traits in the digital age
2019 was much touted as the Year of Wellbeing; from the halls of Parliament, from the collective media, from businesses of all stripes and colours, and from the Kiwi on the street. But how do we keep the train rolling in 2020 and ensure a continued focus on wellbeing within our education system?
- The role of wider community and inter-generational poverty has in securing educational success
- Understanding the impact that cultural unawareness has on school-community relations
- Tips and advice on tailoring your school’s approach to the disadvantaged within your community for the best results
- Understanding the effect that bullying has on a student’s wellbeing and chances for ongoing educational success
- How identifying and working to address the root causes has been shown to lessen the frequency and severity of instances of violence
- Positive steps to take to help mitigate the impact of bullying and other forms of violence
New Zealand has the unfortunate distinction of having some of the highest rates of youth suicide, self-harm, addiction and family violence in the developed world. With many students presenting with complex needs, it can be difficult to know who to be most concerned about, and what (if anything) to say to the student and/or their family.
- Equipping your team and yourself with the skills to better recognise the telltale signs and patterns of behavior of those in greatest need
- How to initiate delicate and challenging conversations concerning student wellbeing with both the student and their parents/caregivers
- Practical suggestions on how to respond when deliberate self-harm, addiction or family violence has been identified
New Zealand schools are not alone when a need for care is discovered. There are many services available and tasked with helping provide services that most schools are ill-equipped to handle.
- An overview of the available services and how to access them
- Creating the frameworks and initiatives to deliver the needed support when required
- Overcoming the issue of remoteness for non-urban schools
- Advice for tracking student and staff wellbeing for the greatest benefit
Not every incident of attempted suicide, self-harm, or child-abuse ends in tragedy. If the right help is given at the right time, the worst of outcomes can be avoided.
- Avoiding a colonial mindset – understanding why there is no one-size-fits-all approach to wellbeing
- Exploring wellbeing from the cultural perspective of New Zealand’s largest minority groups
- Advice for how to meet the wellbeing needs of today’s tangata whenua and other minority groups
- Examining the core responsibilities of schools with regards to wellbeing and highlighting the areas where more attention needs to be paid
- Notable recent and upcoming changes in legislation and regulations that will impact on how schools approach wellbeing
- Understanding the legal obligations of schools when dealing with personal health and wellbeing matters
- Learning to distinguish the differences between the different learning and behavioural challenges
- Setting guidelines on how staff can be informed and trained to respond in each case
- Improving awareness and understanding of these challenges in the school community and combatting the negative societal stereotypes
- Understanding the impact of challenges in learning on student mental health and wellbeing
- Methods for fostering a student’s understanding of cultures other than their own
- Utilising the linguistic skills and cultural knowledge of students to further inclusion and engagement of those with limited understanding of English and New Zealand culture
- How to respond in instances where cultural misunderstandings and wider intercultural issues are brought into the education space
Delegates are invited to share amongst themselves their experiences of common issues and solutions facing multi-lingual and multicultural classrooms and playgrounds.
Sometimes, a challenging and difficult conversation is required to ensure a student’s best interests are looked after. How a teacher approaches these conversations will often decide whether or not it will have a positive outcome.
- Examining the impact, both positive and negative that technology has on an individual’s wellbeing and development
- Exploring creative and innovative methods for fostering positive use of technology within an education space
- Recognising and appropriately responding when technology overuse has a negative impact
- Realising that all of this applies just as equally to teachers as it does to students
Teachers are well-known for being amongst some of the most altruistic and giving members of society. However, all this altruism must have a limit.
- Recognising the signs of stress, overwork, and exhaustion in both yourself and your team
- Understanding the knock-on effect that poor teacher wellbeing and mental health has on ongoing student success
- Practical and effective advice for creating and implementing a wellbeing programme for school staff