As well as online resources, the Teaching Council is involved in organising the Wellbeing for Teachers and Learners' Group.
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 and the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals came together to see how we could work better 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, we formally constituted ourselves as the Wellbeing for Teachers and Learners Group (WTL). We set ourselves 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.
The inaugural WTL conference in November 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.
The second WTL conference was live streamed here and on Facebook on Saturday, 9th February from 11am to 3.30pm.
It was recorded in two parts:
- Part 1
- Opening by Angela Lynch of IPPN
- Presentation by O'Connell Secondary School
- Presentation by Our Lady of Good Counsel NS, Johnstown
- Joint presentation from NEPS and Chief Inspector
- Presentation by Knockbeg College
- Presentation by Mary Mother of Hope, SNS
- Panel discussion
- Group discussion
The following presentations took place on 9th February 2019: