How will your school encourage educators to explore and invest in their own wellbeing?

In this interview (which follows Stephen’s earlier interview Exploring Different Wellbeing Models), Stephen and Denise discuss the use of Inquiry and Design Thinking as tools to help explore and implement wellbeing in a school setting, specifically for staff. Learn how creative abrasion helped polish Rāroa School’s wellbeing model, how teachers applied it to their own lives, and listen to the advice that Stephen shares for other schools working on wellbeing models.


Stephen Eames is the Deputy Principal and a wellbeing leader at Rāroa Normal Intermediate School in Wellington, New Zealand. He is a highly motivated, student-focused educator who is committed to the development of students and staff. Implementing 21st-century ideas through a pedagogy-first approach, Stephen is continually exploring modern learning practices to increase engagement and raise achievement.