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How Life Skills GO connects to the NSW School Excellence Framework

By Life Skills Group

Published 2 August 2021 06.30 AM

Every school aims for excellence in Wellbeing, but why do some schools do this successfully and others struggle to deliver on this critical domain? As a school leader, executive member, teacher or parent, it is understood that every school community has its challenges, beliefs and knowledge to contribute towards ensuring each and every student is known, cared for and valued.

Measuring student wellbeing and social and emotional learning has been all but impossible - until now. There are many wonderful programs that support student wellbeing but do not capture data or provide real time response to issues students are facing every day. Life Skills Group has, through extensive research and working with schools around Australia, developed a wellbeing solution that is tailored to each school and their students. With the Life Skills GO blended online learning program each school is able to now measure effectively how their school is performing in meeting excelling benchmarks from the School Excellence Framework. The data recorded from the student check-ins is another effective tool that can triangulate your school data and prove that the school is excelling in Wellbeing and meeting the needs of the students and their families.

The benchmark for all schools is to achieve the following statement: NSW School Excellence Framework – Learning Domain – Wellbeing1.

In schools that excel, there is a strategic and planned approach to develop whole school wellbeing processes that support the wellbeing of all students so they can connect, thrive and learn.

Let’s explain the reasons why Life Skills GO is successful and works in conjunction with the School Excellence Framework.

Life Skills GO is not a stand alone wellbeing program. It is recommended to be used as a whole school wellbeing solution in line with excelling statements of the School Excellence Framework. Research indicates that whole school planning and approaches are the best way to support students on their social and emotional learning journey2. It is widely recognised that high levels of wellbeing are more likely to have higher academic achievement, better mental health and a responsible and lawful lifestyle3.

The highlights of the Life Skills GO program in meeting the excelling benchmark in wellbeing are:
  • Daily Weather Report check-in
    - Each student has the ability to check in and let the teacher know how they are feeling which is then tracked over time.
  • Flexible Lesson Delivery
    - In the program are 4 interactive and curriculum aligned programs for immediate use on the interactive whiteboard, individually or set for each student at home.
    - 200+ lessons available to suit all schools no matter what Wellbeing programs they are running. This will sit side by side with all school programs and enhance Wellbeing.
  • The ability to push out ILP and PLP to individuals or groups of students.
    - Individual learning plans can be set by teachers or learning support teams to meet the needs of every child who is experiencing issues at any time.
  • Executive Reporting
    - Leaders in the school can see at a glance how classes are travelling and have data aligned to every child for school and parent discussions.
    - Potential game changer for school leaders who can now identify students at risk and provide assistance before the potential for behaviour issues, social or emotional issues begin to arise.

Using the table below you can see how every school can use Life Skills GO to work towards achieving school excellence in Wellbeing. This will assist all schools in preparation for External Validation and securing valuable data sets that can be included to show where you are at currently. Using Life Skills GO data, analysing and evaluating this, is concrete and factual evidence for you to use that is available all year round. Schools will not have to go searching for data in this element of Wellbeing. You will be able to support your judgements using the Life Skills GO executive reporting function.

Table 1. How Life Skills GO can help your school achieve excelling.

Themes

Excelling statement

How does this look using Life Skills GO?

Caring of Students

The school is organised so that all students have regular opportunities to meet with an identified staff member who can provide advice, support and assistance to help students fulfil their potential.

Every student has the chance to connect on a daily basis with their teacher or support teacher using the Weather Report. Feedback and data driven intervention can occur and lessons to support and assist students can be planned through Life Skills GO which are instantly available for use at school or at home.

A Planned Approach To Wellbeing

The school has implemented evidence based changes to whole school practices, resulting in measurable improvements in wellbeing and engagements to support learning.

Life Skills GO is a whole school approach while measuring student wellbeing and giving curriculum aligned content available to support every student.

Data is measurable and reportable and NESA approved.

Accredited by Be You, Beyond Blue.

Individual Learning Needs

There is school-wide, collective responsibility for student learning and success, which is shared by parents and students. Planning for learning is informed by sound holistic information and learning needs in consultation with parents/carers.

Life Skills GO is a school and home online platform of learning. Individual student needs are catered for in all areas of social and emotional learning. Collaboration between home and school is evident with data sharing and coordinated responses and setting of lessons for students with ILP’s.

Behaviour

Positive, respectful relationships are evident and widespread among students and staff and promote student wellbeing to ensure optimum conditions for student learning across the school

Using the executive and individual student or class summary report students with behaviour needs can be tracked each day. Programs are built and aligned for the whole school, student or class using the program. Evidence of whole school positive respectful relationships are evident in students that use Life Skills GO and the improvement of social skills and behaviour.

 

Life Skills Group and the School Excellence Framework are aligned with the same vision for students and schools. We need to prepare our young people for rewarding lives in an increasingly complex world. Life Skills GO can now measure students’ social and emotional wellbeing in every school, in every week, in every month and in every year in the pursuit of excellence and that every child is known, cared for and valued.

In our current times with pandemics, domestic violence, family breakdowns, communication and social issues it is of vital importance that our focus is on every child at every school. Life Skills Group has a  commitment to reach every child so that they are excelling in life. In providing an evidence informed program, every child and now school has the potential to reach excellence in all they do. Life Skills Go and The School Excellence Framework work in partnership as do schools and students to make the difference in providing the right social and emotional support.

 


Check out our FREE Webinar: Why Measuring Wellbeing is Critical on Wednesday 18 August 7pm AEST

Tune in to our webinar on Wednesday 18th August! In this webinar, CEO and Founder Nikki Bonus invites Andrew Doyle, former Principal at Marten Public School and Illawong Public School (NSW) and current educational advisor at Life Skills Group to discuss his strategic approaches to whole-school wellbeing and what data he used to inform the strategic direction and evaluate outcomes contributing to the success of wellbeing practices.

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References

  1. School Excellence Framework NSW Department of Education
  2. Student Wellbeing Literature Review – CESE Report Summary
  3. Australian Catholic University and Erbus International 2008 Scoping study into approaches to student wellbeing: Literature review.
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