WELLBEING FOR PRIMARY, SECONDARY
Our mission is to build whole-school wellbeing. This takes time and commitment. It requires careful attention to process, content and context.
NZIWR can help you lay the foundations for successful, lasting, wellbeing change.
“Research tells us that wellbeing, or lack of it, has a clear influence on student learning. When our young people feel safe and supported in their school environment they are more engaged and ready to learn.” Iona Holsted, Secretary for Education, New Zealand, 2017.
THE NZIWR WELLBEING CHANGE PROCESS
We help you build on what you already do well.
NZIWR’s wellbeing change process builds on years of working with schools (staff, students and whānau).
We provide support and expertise that enable knowledge transfer and independence.
FLEXIBILITY AND SUPPORT FOR YOUR CHANGE PROCESS
Face-to-face or webinar training
Individual or group coaching
Critical friend/review options
BECOMING A WELLBEING SCHOOL
We have developed one to three year packages enabling us to partner with schools over time.
Identifying wellbeing strengths and priorities, our trainers act as critical friends
bringing about lasting, whole-system change.
We provide introductory sessions on the Science of Wellbeing and Resilience for staff and students, as well as facilitating community consultation and parent education. Securing support and addressing concerns across the school community is the first, critical step in our four-stage process.
Aligned with the NZ Curriculum and culturally inclusive, schools find the NZIWR toolkit invaluable. It includes our Wellbeing Audit and Wellbeing Inquiry processes, and the NZIWR Roadmap for Whole-school Wellbeing (a living document created with NZ schools).
Find out what really works for your school community. Once the foundations and initial priorities are done, next step is the messy “let’s give it a go” sandpit phase. Every school is different and one-size does not fit all in wellbeing. Staff need to share “what’s working well” and provide honest feedback.
Regular evaluation and review is critical for success. Wellbeing becomes a lens through which curriculum, pedagogy, relationship management, and school policy and practice are evaluated. We help you select meaningful and effective indicators to monitor progress and prioritise next steps.
Every school is different – with unique strengths, priorities and opportunities to leverage.
We work with you to discover your school’s wellbeing strengths and identify optimal strategies for change.
NZIWR’s planning and review process helps schools get started and map out the best wellbeing path for your school.
NZIWR works in partnership with your team respecting your knowledge and experience. As a ‘critical friend’ we can review progress and help plan next steps.
Choose face-to-face, webinar-based, or self-paced online training – or a combination of all three.
Designed to suit busy staff and a range of budgets our training shares the latest wellbeing evidence and practices tailored towards specific audiences.
Face-to-face Staff Training: Most schools start with face-to-face training – from a 90 minute Introduction to a full day for all staff. Our sessions are engaging, practical and interactive. Staff gain tools they can use immediately in their classrooms and for their own wellbeing.
See Training For Educators below
Navigating WB Change Pack. This webinar series trains leadership and wellbeing teams in HOW to manage the PROCESS of wellbeing change.
Using the NZIWR Roadmap, schools are guided through the process of identifying Wellbeing Champions, conducting a Wellbeing Audit and a Wellbeing Inquiry, identifying an evidence-based framework and developing an initial Wellbeing Action Plan.
Fundamentals of Positive Education Levels l, ll, lll: For staff leading wellbeing change, or developing wellbeing skills in staff, these webinars and on-line training modules cover key aspects of Positive Education.
Participants will have opportunities to learn and discuss topics, as well as their application, in this interactive training scheduled to suit educators.
Individual Coaching: Wellbeing change leaders need ongoing support to chart a course, overcome challenges, and maintain momentum.
Our Wellbeing Change Coaching provides expert advice and coaching to school leaders implementing wellbeing change in their organisations.
Educators Coaching Club: Lead Teachers for Wellbeing benefit from peer support and new ideas.
Catch up with the Club on-line each term, to deepen knowledge, expand practical skills, and gain support and advice from your peers and our expert coaches.
Resilience: How Can We Promote It In Ourselves And Others?
Kicking For The Surface: Practical Strategies For Every Day Wellbeing
NZIWR has a range of programmes and resources to support staff and principal wellbeing.
STRENGTHEN YOUR SCHOOL
IMPLEMENTING A STRENGTH FOCUS
For many schools, adopting a strengths focus is a valuable first step in developing a school culture that supports wellbeing.
Mā te tuakana te teina e tōtika, Mā te teina te tuakana e tōtika.
The older will lead the younger and the younger will lead the older.
WHAT SCHOOLS SAY
I, along with a number of other Principals in the Bays Cluster, have had the privilege of working with Dr Lucy Hone over the past two years on a Ministry of Education funded Character Education and Wellbeing pilot programme. Lucy’s professional knowledge of positive education is outstanding. She has an innate ability to relate to a broad range of colleagues and has a sound appreciation of the complexities of schools. These qualities made her a very effect change agent in our schools and I would highly recommend her to others. Stuart Cameron, Principal, Sumner School.
Denise’s session was one of the most highly rated Keynotes at the Inaugural PENZ conference. We are looking forward to having her back again for next year’s conference. Thanks Denise for your impeccable, empathetic and practical work.
At our recent Year 11 Wellbeing Retreat, Lucy was one of the keynote presenters and she spoke passionately around building resilience in a real world context for our girls. Our students walked away with inspiration and tools that can be applied to their own lives, enabling them to develop self-awareness and resilience. Their feedback was resoundingly positive; her message was relevant, meaningful and inspiring.
Without reservation, we would highly recommend Lucy Hone to talk to any group – whether they be students, parents, educators – as a focus on wellbeing is absolutely vital in today’s hectic world.
Year 11 Dean, St Margaret’s College
For more than a decade, I have had the privilege of working first hand with Dr. Denise Quinlan in a wide range of venues—from elementary schools to executive leadership classrooms. She is one of the few individuals in positive psychology who have the acumen of sowing seeds of well-being by helping you to spot strengths of others— in real time– in classrooms, playgrounds and in corridor conversations. Dr. Quinlan’s approach is steeped in solid science, coalesced with compassion and spiced with whole lot of fun. She won’t do the work for you, but she will be with you to harness your strengths so that you can do the work of creating circles of wellbeing, resilience, creativity, kindness and indeed of connection.
Dr Tayyab Rashid, Clinical Psychologist, President Clinical Division, International Positive Psychology Association, and recipient of IPPA’s Outstanding Practitioner Award, 2017
Denise ran a three-day training program for our team of varied role, age, ethnicity, etc. Her attention to detail, tailoring the training to our specific needs and our story made the time extremely useful and relevant to each person in the room.
She has a warm way of communicating the science of well-being to people with varied knowledge and experiences of Positive Psychology.
There was a general consensus that we left the training wiser, more connected and energised for our work with young people. I would unreservedly recommend Denise as a trainer, coach, mentor, facilitator and educator of well-being, resilience and Positive Psychology.
Paul Tupou-Vea, Dilworth Rural Campus, Te Haerenga.
The New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience is well qualified to make sure that schools get access to wellbeing training, support and resources that are backed by rigorous science, appropriate for your cultural context, and that understand the realities of NZ schools. Denise Quinlan, with broad international training, is an experienced and highly motivated positive psychology researcher and wellbeing change leader who is clearly destined to make a difference.
George Vaillant MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Cofounder of Positive Psychology, University of Pennsylvania.
Dr Denise Quinlan has been a powerful advisor and mentor to the development of Positive Education and all related well-being and resilience programmes at King’s College. Since the formal inception of Positive Education at King’s in 2013, Denise has been a critical friend, mentor and facilitator. Her research-based expertise goes well beyond her professional knowledge – it is also her warm and engaging manner which sees her training practice informed with authentic care and commitment.
Initially it was the concept of Positive Psychology that was introduced, but Denise’s passion for broader wellbeing principles, along with a firm belief in the importance of connection and values, has enhanced the King’s programme in ways that have helped us create a unique and powerful approach. This is used in the classroom, in the Student Mentoring Programme, and the work of the Staff Wellbeing Working Group and our Student Advisory Panel. Denise has really become a vital part of the King’s community and my colleagues truly value her sincere and enthusiastic commitment to our school and our wellbeing aims.
Grant McKibbin, Head of Positive Education, King’s College, Auckland.
Denise has a warm manner, and her approach puts people at ease. She is very skilled in drawing information out, helping us to reflect positively. Denise demonstrates a thorough understanding of Wellbeing and was able to offer suitable models for us to explore. The webinar was well thought out with a slide presentation sent ahead of time to allow us to be conversant with terminology and direction. The presentation is all Kiwi – with language and meaning for us in our sector – i.e. it can be applied in a specialist sector just as well as the mainstream/general education sector. We feel confident that Denise has the skills and empathy/understanding that pertains to us… particularly as we work in a vastly different sector.
Allenvale Special School.
Denise was a great facilitator and helped the group feel connected, valued, and supported.
The course gave a great balance of challenge, relevance, feedback and enjoyment. Denise was such a great source of knowledge – thank you!
Participants from the LGI Diploma in Positive Psychology.
Hornby High School has engaged with Lucy Hone supporting staff to maintain and improve their own wellbeing. Her message is authentic, well grounded in solid research, and practical. I could not recommend her highly enough. This is ground breaking work for those of us at the chalk face confronting issues of wellbeing in our daily work as a matter of course.
Robin Sutton, Principal, Hornby High School.