Martin Seligman Health and Wellbeing Award

The Gap State High School, DET, GROW Program

The Gap State High School, DET, GROW Program

The Gap State High School was facing competing demands and undergoing significant change whilst trying to be committed to the learning and needs of students. The impact of these increasing challenges was declining staff morale and wellbeing, increasing stress and, importantly, a negative impact on quality teaching and learning.

The school’s program created a culture with a core focus on good health, being successful and feeling supported. At the centre of this program was the incorporation of positive psychology into support, professional development and teaching and learning. A wellbeing committee also embedded wellbeing strategies in school policies, documents and processes.

The embedding of positive psychology across the school has contributed to a culture change and enhanced the wellbeing of staff and students. Improvements in staff satisfaction and health were measured by staff attendance, retention and the annual staff and student opinion surveys. A significant outcome was the incorporation of positive psychology into policies, operational procedures and teaching pedagogy.

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