Changing the landscape of our schools in not an easy task, and the work involved in doing so should not be underestimated. But neither should the overwhelming benefits that accompany a healthier and happier school community. There is research to show that improved wellness leads to greater teacher retention, a higher rate of job satisfaction and improved academic performance. That is a compelling reason for school communities to take the steps needed to make a change for the healthier.
Education systems, policies and practices need to work together to create the cultural changes that will be needed to reduce stress, minimise the negative effects of stress and improve the well-being of the entire school community thus improving student outcomes.