Appendix 2: Guiding principles for student wellbeing

In Wellbeing for Success: Draft evaluation indicators for student wellbeing (November, 2013), ERO identified five principles as common themes in the evidence and research on effective programmes and initiatives to promote and respond to student wellbeing.

The principles in Figure 2 are strongly tied to a holistic approach to student wellbeing and acknowledge student wellbeing as multi-dimensional. Each principle needs to be enacted in balance with each of the others for student wellbeing to be properly promoted.

Positive and trusting relationships are at the centre of effective efforts to promote student wellbeing, creating a sense of connection and belonging within the school community.

The strengths of students and their whānau are valued and used as the basis for promoting and responding to student wellbeing.

Cohesion across policies, practices, interventions and initiatives contributes to an integrated, joined up, well 'glued' and seamless approach to promoting student wellbeing.

Inquiry is dynamic, considers the school context, uses a wide range of information sources and acts upon findings to improve student wellbeing, driving improvements in both learning and teaching contexts.

Collaboration enables the inclusion and involvement of students, teachers, leaders, parents, whānau and community in promoting student wellbeing.

These are the guiding principles which are in the shape of a five pointed star. At the centre is Guiding princples the five principles are Relationships, Strengths, Inquiry, Collaboration and Cohesion