Helen and Toni (in conjunction with Erebus International) have re-developed the new 2011 National Safe Schools Framework. The Framework is designed as a school-friendly document to assist schools in developing safe and supportive teaching and learning communities that promote student wellbeing.
The Framework adopts a whole school approach to safety and wellbeing. It combines good school practices, research-based literature, and feedback from representatives from all educational systems, and sectors across Australia.
The Framework was endorsed by the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA in December 2010 and is now available from Australian Government website early in 2011.
Toni was the principal investigator in a Scoping Study on Student Wellbeing in conjunction with Helen. This collaborative project for DEEWR also involved Erebus International, Associate Professor Louise Rowling and Dr Sue Roffey.
The scoping study, commissioned by the Australian Government, explores the relationship student wellbeing and academic achievement at school, behaviour and mental health. The project also incorporated consultations with 26 national and international ‘experts’ in the field of wellbeing as well as key educational stakeholders representing all states and territories and school systems, classroom teachers and university-based educators in Education faculties.
The project produced a 35,000-word literature review of the research evidence for the links between student wellbeing and student learning and made recommendations for the feasibility of a National Framework in Student Wellbeing
Working with the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, Helen was the principal consultant, with Toni as a key Advisor, for the implementation and evaluation of projects by 171 schools of the original 2003 Australian Government’s National Safe Schools Framework. The 171 schools were drawn from all states and territories and school systems
Helen’s 2007 summary report of the project titled Making Australian Schools Safer can be downloaded here.
Helen’s summary of the project can also be found here.