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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.


Throughout the year the PDST Health and Wellbeing Advisors run workshops on Health and Wellbeing for teachers themselves. These courses are run one evening a week over 2 consecutive weeks and have proved very popular to date. Below are the booklets that accompany our Workshops which may be of interest used as a whole programme or to dip into for ideas now and again.


  • Teachers can sign up for these courses at their local Education Centre, they are free of charge.

  • Principals – If you would like to apply for Staff Wellbeing workshop for your own staff please follow this link to apply for school based support.

  • Click here to explore a range of simple steps that you can take towards enhancing your wellness in the workplace.