The resource centre for teachers at international schools who want to improve their wellbeing provision.
You will find quality research and examples of good practice, including IEPS latest report on Wellbeing in International Schools.
This is an open resource for all. Please get in touch if you would like to contribute.
What is Wellbeing?
This is a good question. Wellbeing tends to mean different things to different people.
Our approach to wellbeing is from a resilience perspective. We use the balance model of Dodge et al, 2012 as shown below.
Stable wellbeing is when individuals have the psychological, social and physical resources they need to meet a particular psychological, social and/or physical challenge.
When individuals have more challenges than resources, the see-saw dips, along with their wellbeing, and vice-versa.
There is a wealth of research on wellbeing and we aim to present some of the more relevant material here.
you can access our recent publication below which reports on a survey of over 1000 teachers in international schools in 70 countries.
Many schools ask about how they can best find out about wellbeing in their schools. There are several tools available that can be purchased for this but before schools go in this direction we advise considering the following:
- What do you mean by wellbeing? Make sure you get a consensus and define your terms so you know what you are aiming to measure.
- Beware of one off assessments of individuals. These are notorious for providing both false positive and false negative results leading to a waste of resources and possibly missing those who need help the most. Particularly with teenagers whose moods can change by the hour!
Wellbeing is becoming more recognised and there is an award which schools can apply for:
Wellbeing Programmes and Interventions
This will provide an idea of the wide range of approaches available and enable schools to choose what could work best for their particular situation.
Contributions from International Schools
The following interventions have been recommended (during IEPS training) as approaches that are already working well in international schools.
- AT the Bangkok Secondary and Preparatory International School in Bangkok Thailand they have a MINDFUL COLOURING WALL by the library. PICTURE TO COME
- RUOK.ORG.AU is also used at Bangkok Prep. This is a programme on suicide prevention (“A conversation could save a life”). There are ready made lessons for different age groups that are very easy to follow.
- ANOTHER international school inBangkok recommends the organisation HUMAN UTOPIA which provides workshops for students to develop resilience, team building and self confidence.
- TWO international schools in Bangkok recommended the .b programme for mindfulness.
- AT another international school in Bangkok they have an Open Art Therapy Studio and Teacher Wellbeing Workshops (MORE TO COME)
- AT the British International School of Manila they are working on an integrated approach. One great example is available here.
ZIPPY’s FRIENDS and APPLE’s FRIENDS are unique programmes for children aged 5-9 which develop social and emotional skills. Training is needed.