As the new school year begins, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Minister for Education and Training, Dan Tehan, have sent a strong message against bullying, with packs sent to all Australian schools that include a letter encouraging them to take part in the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence on 15 March 2019.
The National Day of Action is a national movement against bullying and cyberbullying. The pack contains useful information for school communities about the day, and about the recently announced Australian Student Wellbeing Framework.
The new Australian Student Wellbeing Framework will support schools nationally as learning communities that promote student wellbeing, safety and positive relationships.
All states, territories, education authorities and a range of experts contributed to the design and content of the new framework during a review managed by Education Services Australia.
The Australian Student Wellbeing Framework has five key elements that focus on:
• Leadership: inspiring positive school communities through visible leadership
• Inclusion: creating an inclusive and connected school culture
• Student Voice: providing opportunities for authentic student participation
• Partnerships: building effective family and community partnerships
• Support: a shared understanding of wellbeing and support for positive behaviour.
“This is an important initiative for all Australian school communities,” said Andrew Smith, CEO of Education Services Australia. “Evidence has shown that students who feel connected, safe and secure are more likely to be active participants in their learning and to achieve better physical, emotional, social and educational outcomes. ESA is proud to have supported the Framework’s development.”
The national Framework is aligned to state, territory and other national wellbeing and safety initiatives and to the Australian Curriculum, the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and the Australian Professional Standard for Principals.
For all resources related to the Australian Student Wellbeing Framework and National Day of Action, please click here.