‘Wellbeing’ is a new subject being introduced into schools in September 2017. However it is seen as more than just a subject, it is also a way of thinking and acting.
Wellbeing is about the physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing of people and is really only formalising what is already happening in the vast majority of schools where teachers address wellbeing of students on a daily basis. However Wellbeing refers to the wellbeing of all people in the building.
Wellbeing is an ongoing process and not a product. Schools will work at creating a state of wellbeing all the time responding to issues and challenges as they arise. It is something that is never finished and includes all aspects of school life e.g. the way students are taught in class/treated in the school/use of active teaching methodologies/ how students are made feel in the school/students relationships with staff, management and peers etc.
Students should be consulted on what stresses them and if possible the school should work towards trying to resolve it The subject of Wellbeing is made up of three existing subjects CSPE/SPHE/PE. These can be studied as short courses which have an element of assessment or as subject without any formal assessment. Wellbeing must also have an element of guidance at some stage of the three years. This may include topics like transitioning into secondary school, subject choice etc.
Quite an amount of time is given to Wellbeing. Initially there are 300 hours to be delivered over three years. By 2020 students will receive 400 hours of Wellbeing. For students starting in 2017 this means 2PE, 1 SPHE, 1 CSPE and 1 other class. Other once off activities e.g. students attending an outdoor pursuits centre for a day etc. can be included in Wellbeing.