Six indicators have been developed to make explicit what is important for students in their wellbeing and learning.
JCT wellbeing team leader, Betty McLaughlin, a former president of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors, says the indicators provide a common language, essential to providing a shared vision of wellbeing. She says it will make it easier for everyone to have conversations about it and to help identify where a student is in need of support.
Here, she offers a brief guide:
Resilience – realising life has ups and downs. Working through challenges and using what they have learnt to solve problems. Knowing when and where to go for help.
Respect – feeling listened to and valued; fostering positive relationships with peers and teachers ; receiving and showing care and respect for themselves and others.
Responsibility – learning to take action to protect and promote their wellbeing and that of others; making the right choices for their health and safety.
Active – understanding the importance of physical activity in their lives; minimum target of 30 minutes activity a day, which could be walking to school. For the first time, all junior cycle students, in all three years, will have weekly mandatory double PE class.
Aware – making sense of their thoughts, behaviours and feelings ; understanding what helps them to learn and how they can improve.
Connected – feeling connected and belonging to school , friends and the wider world; understadning the impact of their actions on themselves and others.a