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In late 2016 a survey was sent to all registered primary
school and early childhood teachers in NSW to identify their professional
learning requirements in relation to supporting their student’s health and
wellbeing. A report prepared by CCCH for the NSW Education Standards
Authority (NESA) presents the responses from this survey which identifies
the current levels of knowledge, attitude and skills of teachers, and how
professional development might be designed in the future.
The survey was sent to all registered primary school and
early childhood teachers in NSW — 1777 responses were received which were
broadly representative of the demographics of teachers in NSW. The study sought
to provide insights into teachers’ experiences teaching children with health and/or wellbeing concerns, and their
interest in learning more about this important aspect of teaching. It also sought
to identify their learning needs in specific areas, and complement findings
from a previous survey about teachers’
preferred delivery style and format of professional development.
The study revealed that teachers’ interest in professional
development was generally high across all topics. However three topics emerged
as priority areas of interest across respondents from both the primary and
early childhood sectors:
Encouragingly, the study showed that teachers’ self-reported
knowledge on health and wellbeing topics is high, and that their attitudes,
values and beliefs emerged as important drivers of skills.
Not surprisingly, having the skills to identify areas where
children may have additional learning or support needs emerged as a very strong
predictor of teachers’ ability to respond to these needs across all topics.
The findings provide guidance
about priorities for focus and content of professional development across all
topics. These professional
development priorities will support teachers to maximise outcomes for children
by strengthening their skills in
identifying, teaching and responding to children with health and wellbeing
Download the full the report: Supporting
teachers, Supporting children.
more information visit Supporting teachers, Supporting
on the NESA website or contact Catriona
The Centre for Community Child Health is a department of The Royal Children’s Hospital and a research group of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.