The Educators’ Guide to Whole-school Wellbeing : A Practical Guide to Getting Started, Best-practice Process and Effective Implementation book cover
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The Educators’ Guide to Whole-school Wellbeing
A Practical Guide to Getting Started, Best-practice Process and Effective Implementation

ISBN 9780367236052
Published March 2, 2020 by Routledge
338 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Educators’ Guide to Whole-school Wellbeing addresses challenges faced by schools wanting to improve wellbeing. While many schools globally now understand the need to promote and protect student wellbeing, they often find themselves stuck – not knowing where to start, what to prioritise, or how to implement whole-school change. This book fills that gap.

This book provides companionship through rich stories from schools around the world that have created wellbeing practices that work for their schools. It guides educators through processes that help create individualised, contextualised school wellbeing plans. With chapters addressing ‘why wellbeing?’, ‘what is "whole school?"’, change dynamics, measurement, staff wellbeing, coaching, cultural responsiveness, and how to build buy-in, it is the first of its kind. Balancing research and practice for each topic with expert practitioner and researcher insights, this book gives schools access to best-practice guidance from around the world in a user-friendly format, designed for busy educators.

What sets the authors apart from the many school wellbeing practitioners globally is their substantial experience working alongside diverse school groups. While many have experience in one school, few work across a multitude of very different schools and clusters, giving these practising academics a unique appreciation for effective, cross-context processes.

Table of Contents




List of Figures, Tables, Boxes, Expert Insights, and Case Studies

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. What Do We Mean By Whole-School?

Chapter 3. Whole-school Wellbeing is Taught: The Explicit Curriculum

Chapter 4. Whole-school Wellbeing is Caught: The Implicit Curriculum

Chapter 5. Understanding Change Dynamics

Chapter 6. Building Ownership

Chapter 7. Choosing a Wellbeing Model for Your School

Chapter 8. Measurement and Evaluation

Chapter 9. The Sandpit Phase

Chapter 10. Building an Effective Team

Chapter 11. Cultural Responsiveness and Wellbeing

Chapter 12. Promoting Educator Wellbeing

Chapter 13. Partnering with Students

Chapter 14. Connecting with Parents, Caregivers and the Wider Community

Chapter 15. Promoting Wellbeing Through Coaching in Schools

Chapter 16. Lessons learned from a Decade of Wellbeing in Education

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Denise M. Quinlan was ‘present at the birth of Positive Education’, training Australian and UK educators with the University of Pennsylvania team. Published academic researcher and creator of a validated student strengths programme, she lectures globally on wellbeing, and hosts Bringing Wellbeing To Life, a popular podcast on wellbeing topics.

Lucy C. Hone is a published academic researcher, International Positive Education Network Global Rep, a best-selling author and contributor to Psychology Today. Trained by thought-leaders in the field at the University of Pennsylvania, she works with a diverse range of schools helping them understand and build wellbeing and resilience.


A highly practical book that provides the most comprehensive overview to date of positive education.

Dr Toni Noble, co-author of the Bounce Back programme

Everyone working in this field would want a copy of this excellent book.

Dr Sue Roffey, Director of Growing Great Schools Worldwide

Lucy Hone and Denise Quinlan, two of the leaders in the world’s positive education field, have written this critical book for all educators (or any person working in a school).

Ryan Niemiec, VIA Institute on Character