A whole-school, or comprehensive approach, to student success incorporates well-being as an essential aspect of student achievement. Actions address four distinct but inter-related and mutually reinforcing components:
- Positive social environment: the quality of relationships and emotional well-being among students and staff;
- Teaching and learning: age-appropriate instruction to build understanding and skills related to mental health topics;
- Policy: practices, policies and procedures to promote a safe and supportive learning environment;
- Partnerships and services: home-school-community relationships;
- Joint Consortium of School Health: http://www.jcsh-cces.ca/.
When actions in all four components are coordinated, students are supported to realize their full potential as learners—and as healthy, productive members of society.
For further information about a whole-school approach to well-being, please reach out to YouthSMART.