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Wellbeing at DC

Wellbeing is a core aspect of Discovery College’s holistic education, thus enabling everyone to be the best they can be. As a foundational Visible Wellbeing SchoolTM and under the guidance of Professor Lea Waters, Discovery College is equipping and enabling students to ‘flourish’ in all areas of their lives through the six pathways to wellbeing: Strengths, Emotional Management, Attention and Awareness, Relationships, Coping, and Habits & Goals. Using the Visible Wellbeing Framework, the development of student wellbeing is fostered across the College through a considered and aligned programme. All students from Year 1 to Year 13 are involved in a comprehensive wellbeing programme delivered by classroom teachers, Learning Advisors and outside providers.

Primary The Primary Years Programme prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others. Curriculum opportunities, whereby the Physical, Social, Emotional and Health Education (PSEHE) curriculum is embedded into Units of Inquiry, allow children to develop greater awareness, understanding and practices related to their own, and others’, wellbeing. In addition, a range of teaching practices and programmes are used in Primary to support and develop wellbeing across the six pathways, such as:

  • Restorative Practice

  • Circle Time

  • Peace Talks

  • Responsive Classrooms

  • Friends Programme

  • Student Counselling

  • Explicit teaching of social & emotional skills

Secondary The DC Secondary Wellbeing Programme is a specific and planned means of helping students to value themselves and others, and to provide the tools to assist them to contribute to the world around them. Curriculum coverage There is dedicated learning team time of 10 minutes each morning and one teaching block per week. All students are in one of five house-based learning teams in their year group through which the programme is delivered by the Learning Advisor and Dean. It is a planned and responsive spiral curriculum that the Deans co-construct with Learning Advisors, Vice Principals and student voice. The units of work for Years 7-13 are as follows:

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