Child and Student Wellbeing Strategy

Child and Student Wellbeing Strategy

The 2018-2021 Department of Education Child and Student Wellbeing Strategy: Safe, Well and Positive Learners was published on 28 June 2018.

The Wellbeing Strategy has been developed to support our Wellbeing Goal under the 2018-2021 Department of Education Strategic Plan, Learners First: Every Learner Every Day.

We are committed to supporting every learner every day. We have a responsibility to our learners to provide them with the tools to live a fulfilling and productive life. To achieve this, positive wellbeing is a critical component. Support and guidance will be available to inform improvement planning regarding the Wellbeing Goal.

The following resources have been developed to support the implementation of the Wellbeing Strategy across all learning environments:

2019: Mental Wellbeing

The 2019: Mental Wellbeing Action Plan was published in April 2019.

We are putting a spotlight on mental wellbeing in 2019 as part of the implementation of the Child and Student Wellbeing Strategy 2018 – 2021 and broader system commitment to wellbeing.

Under the Action Plan, a wellbeing webpage will be developed in 2019, which will host a number of useful resources and will provide principals with a platform to share information and experiences using wellbeing resources. Professional learning opportunities will be a feature of the Action Plan.

We will continue to update progress against the actions.

Student Wellbeing Survey

  • A Tender has been awarded to the South Australian Department for Education to conduct an annual Student Wellbeing Survey in Tasmanian Government schools.
  • From Term 3 2019 all students Years 4 –12 will be surveyed on their wellbeing.
  • The student survey will be used to support whole school approaches to student wellbeing.
  • In addition to this, the trial of Rumble’s Quest has been extended in 2019. This is being done in partnership with the Early Learning team.
  • Students in Years 1 – 3 in 28 schools will trial Rumble’s Quest in the first four weeks of Term 3.
  • The participating schools are:
1. Bagdad Primary School15. Montagu Bay Primary School
2. Gagebrook Primary School16. Goulburn Street Primary School
3. Hillcrest Primary School17. Cambridge Primary School
4. Lansdowne Crecent Primary School18. Albuera Street Primary School
5. Swansea Primary School19. Taroona Primary School
6. South George Town Primary School20. South Arm Primary School
7. Exeter Primary School21. Risdon Vale Primary School
8. Redpa Primary School22. Orford Primary School
9. West Launceston Primary School23. Dodges Ferry Primary School
10. Forth Primary School24. Kempton Primary School
11. Latrobe Primary School25. Waimea Heights Primary School
12. Lilydale Primary School26. Richmond Primary School
13. Riverside Primary School27. Norwood Primary School
14. Natone Primary School28. Sheffield School
  • The Wellbeing Strategy commits to the development of valid and reliable measures of child and student wellbeing to inform future effort and planning.
  • This is a universal approach to wellbeing in the student voice for all students.
  • This work is being progressed as part of Actions 1 and 3 of the 2019: Mental Wellbeing Action Plan.

For general information contact: wellbeing.unit@education.tas.gov.au

Your Say on School

The Department of Education held a session at the 2017 Tasmanian Youth Forum called ‘Your Say on School.” At the session, young people were asked for feedback on:

  • What is working well at school?
  • What could be changes to make school a better place?
  • What does a good school look like?

This session has helped the development of our Wellbeing Strategy.

A summary of findings from the session are provided in the link below

If you have any ideas or suggestions on how to make school a better place for young people you can email us at yoursay@education.tas.gov.au