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The Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluations's (CESE) literature review on student wellbeing explores how student wellbeing is defined; the relationship between wellbeing, schools and outcomes; school elements in improving student wellbeing; and student wellbeing policies in Australia.

Core elements that affect student wellbeing

  • Creating a safe environment
  • Ensuring connectedness
  • Engaging students in learning
  • Promoting social and emotional learning
  • A whole school approach

Wellbeing at school is multi-faceted

Key elements are:

  • positive affect
  • resilience
  • satisfaction with relationships and other dimensions of one's life, and
  • effective functioning and the maximising of one's potential.

In education, wellbeing is important for two reasons.

  • Schooling is not just about academic outcomes but about the wellbeing of the 'whole child'.
  • Students who have higher levels of wellbeing are more likely to have higher acheivement outcomes at school and complete Year 12; better mental health; and a more pro-social, responsible lifestyle.
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