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The Wellbeing Policy Statement and Framework for Practice

Schools and centres for education in Ireland play a vital role in the promotion of wellbeing through a range of activities and approaches to support the academic, physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual development of all children and young people. Many schools and centres for education have already developed innovative approaches to wellbeing promotion supported by strong leadership and quality teaching and learning. Our education system is key to equipping children and young people with the knowledge, skills and competencies to deal with challenges that impact on their wellbeing.

The Department of Education launched the revised Wellbeing Policy Statement and Framework for Practice in October, 2019. To implement this policy every school and centre for education is required by 2023, to use the School Self-Evaluation (SSE) process to initiate a wellbeing promotion review and development cycle. Schools and Centres for Education will be supported in this process through using the Wellbeing Framework for Practice and Wellbeing Resources outlined below.

Wellbeing Policy Statement and Framework for Practice (Revised October 2019) Directory of Wellbeing CPD Catalogue of Resources - Primary Catalogue of Resources - Post Primary Department of Education Wellbeing in Education Resources


Wellbeing Guidelines for Primary Schools
The Wellbeing Guidelines provide practical guidance on how primary schools can promote mental health and well-being. We know that the mental health and well-being of our children is critical to success in school and life. Education about mental health and well-being is an integral part of the school curriculum. Schools play a vital role in the promotion of positive mental health in children. Schools can also provide a safe and supportive environment for building life skills and resilience and a strong sense of connectedness to school. Listening to the voice of the child and fostering healthy relationships with peers, teachers and school staff are essential to children’s positive experience of school and their cognitive and emotional development. The needs and well-being of school staff are also of paramount importance. The key to successful implementation of these Guidelines lies in taking a coordinated whole-school approach. This involves building and integrating school self-evaluation processes, implementing all elements of the Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) curriculum, adopting the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) Continuum of Support, and building effective inter-agency relationships.

Teacher Wellbeing

The holistic development of the person is encompassed in the ethos of all schools and the impact that teachers as professionals can and does have on the young people in their care is instrumental to their development. The role of the teacher has now gone far beyond teaching and learning in the classroom, teachers need to be supported in these varied and ever evolving roles from class teacher, tutor, to counsellor and confidant to our young people. Thankfully there are many CPD opportunities for teachers to support their roles including and very importantly in the area of Teacher Wellbeing.

Schools can apply for in-school support in the area of Teacher Wellbeing. Your Advisor will tailor the support to meet the bespoke needs of your school. To apply for this in-school support, click here. To access and download a range of resources to support your wellbeing, visit our Teacher Wellbeing page by clicking the image below. 



HSE Health and Wellbeing supports for Primary Schools


Useful Documents to Support SSE