What are the benefits?
If you need to have a few more kōrero with your Board of Trustees, whānau or team, here are 5 key benefits for making a whole school approach to wellbeing, a priority.
Based on Aotearoa research
Improved academic achievement: Research has shown that schools that prioritizs wellbeing tend to have higher academic achievement. For example, one study conducted in New Zealand found that schools that implemented a whole school approach to wellbeing saw improvements in student engagement and academic achievement (Ministry of Education, 2020).
Positive student behaviour: A whole school approach to wellbeing can also lead to improvements in student behaviour, including reduced instances of bullying and increased pro-social behaviour (Greenberg et al., 2003). This can create a more positive school culture and a safer learning environment.
Enhanced staff wellbeing: Prioritising staff wellbeing can lead to reduced stress and burnout, improved job satisfaction, and increased retention rates (Ministry of Education, 2020). This can have positive impacts on the entire school community, as happy and healthy staff are better equipped to support student wellbeing.
Improved health outcomes: A whole school approach to wellbeing can also have positive impacts on physical health outcomes, such as reducing obesity rates and improving oral health (Ministry of Health, 2015). This can lead to better long-term health outcomes for students and staff.
Increased community engagement: Finally, a whole school approach to wellbeing can help to build stronger relationships between the school and the wider community. This can lead to increased community involvement in school activities and greater support for the school's wellbeing initiatives (Ministry of Education, 2020).