Enable every young person to be a successful, engaged and purposeful learner.
Plan and provide safe, contemporary and effective learning environments.
Attract, develop and retain the very best teachers and staff.
Read more about the Learning and Teaching Strategic Direction.
Current research recognises that schools are key sites for the promotion of mental health and wellbeing and that the promotion of wellbeing is central to learning and contemporary learning environments. Children and young people learn best when their wellbeing is optimised through the provision of an effective learning environment that fosters individual potential and optimises learning potential.
The CEOM Student Wellbeing Strategy 2011–2015 supports the development of strong wellbeing cultures across schools to underpin learning and improved academic outcomes. In 2012 the CEOM's Wellbeing & Community Partnerships (W&CP) Unit began or continued a range of key initiatives that foster student engagement and connectedness, successful transition to further education or employment, and academic achievement.
Links to Learning
In 2012 the W&CP Unit continued to provide schools with key policy materials, resources and professional learning, which contribute to the provision of a safe, effective learning environment for all, while being integral to the curriculum at the same time.
The work of the CEOM and the W&CP Unit demonstrates that wellbeing is integral rather than incidental to learning, and the development of social and emotional learning skills, within the context of formal and informal learning environments, enables students to flourish.
Other initiatives and Responsibilities
Kathy GreenReligious Education Coordinator and Learning & Teaching LeaderSt Francis Xavier School, Montmorency
The teachers at St Francis Xavier School strive for a whole-school approach with their teaching. Long gone are the days when particular subjects are taught as separate units of work. They are structured in such way that there is a learning connection across the curriculum.The school adopts an inclusive approach, with the aim of making education a rich learning experience for all the children. We help the students to find a connection with their lives, which will take them beyond their primary and secondary years and create lifelong learners. We would describe it as a ‘big picture’ school experience, based on our Catholic faith and identity.The children are expressive, articulate and proud of what they are achieving and, just as importantly, are happy to talk about it. The students are very aware of their strengths and the challenges they face, like students at any school.The children do wonderful things in a range of subjects from the arts, literacy and maths. This was evidenced several years ago when a group of Year 5 and 6 students, who perhaps hadn’t had much success, made a film about a bored student at school. The boy entered a cupboard and travelled through a portal into many other worlds, including the age of the dinosaurs.The project was awarded second prize in a national short film competition. The boys confidently talked to adults at several seminars and teacher network meetings about the project and their success. Their sense of pride and achievement when they talked to the different groups was fantastic.
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