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This unit focuses on knowledge, understandings and practice concerning student wellbeing at school, including evidence-based approaches to supporting and improving this. The concept of ‘wellbeing’ is critically examined, with a particular emphasis on how it is perceived by students. Different models and approaches for addressing student wellbeing are analysed. Enablers and barriers to effectively supporting wellbeing are identified, including from the perspective of students. Tools for assessing the evidence and suitability of wellbeing programs will be utilised to help inform planning and improvement in primary or secondary school contexts. In this unit, you will cover:

  • Topic 1: What is the role of schools in promoting the social and emotional wellbeing of students?
  • Topic 2: What do we mean by ‘wellbeing’ and how is it currently conceptualised in school settings, including by students?
  • Topic 3: What helps and hinders student social and emotional wellbeing?
  • Topic 4: How can/do schools support and promote social and emotional wellbeing?
  • Topic 5: How do we identify the best programs and approaches to use and how can we tell if they are effective? (Evidence-based practice)
  • Topic 6: How do we plan for whole-school change and improvement in relation to student wellbeing?

Learning outcomes

  • Identify how ‘wellbeing’ is defined and theorised
  • Explain the role that schools play in promoting students’ social and emotional wellbeing
  • Critically engage with what students say helps and hinders their social and emotional wellbeing at school
  • Evaluate approaches to supporting social and emotional wellbeing in schools
  • Identify areas for change and improvement in schools in relation to student wellbeing.


You are assessed according to the following three components, each with its own weighted value against your overall result:

  • Discussion Board - 5%
  • Critical Evaluation - 45%
  • School Plan - 50%


You can study this unit as part of the Master of Education.   Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your SCU Online student advisor on 1300 589 882 for more information based on your particular circumstances.