In late 2015, further to an invitation from the Irish Primary Principals’ Network, the Teaching Council, the Ombudsman for Children’s Office, the National Parents Council Primary and the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals came together to work together to ensure that our collective endeavours in the area of wellbeing have a positive impact on the whole school community; teachers, students, parents / guardians and the wider community.
In May 2016, the group became formally constituted as the Wellbeing for Teachers and Learners Group (WTL). Setting three objectives:
- To agree a definition of wellbeing for teaching and learning in Irish education so that the wellbeing of teachers and learners is supported.
- To promote a shared understanding of this definition amongst stakeholders in Irish education.
- To enhance co-operation between member organisations, and between the Group and stakeholders, to support an enhanced and sustainable approach to wellbeing for all learners in our education system; teachers, students, parents / guardiansand the whole school community alike.
Its inaugural conference in 2017 showcased how wellbeing was being addressed in schools around the country. A panel discussion between teachers, learners, and parent representatives chaired by the Ombudsman for Children, looked at how schools place wellbeing at the centre of their ethos. A recording of the conference can be viewed here.