New roles to promote the wellbeing of learners

Funding for up to 40 Curriculum Leads, who will work directly with schools, kura, early learning services and kōhanga reo to support the teaching of mental health and healthy relationships and promote the wellbeing of learners, was announced by Associate Minister of Education Tracey Martin today.

The leads will work with principals and teachers to deliver a high quality Health and Physical Education and Hauora local curriculum, including the refreshed Relationship and Sexuality Education Guidelines and the Wellbeing and Mental Health Guidelines.

They will also support School Boards to undertake quality engagement with their local communities on the health and physical education curriculum and promote positive school and kura environments.

The new roles are funded from a $32.8 million programme that will be delivered over four years and are the first part of a comprehensive wellbeing support package for the entire education sector.

The programme funding also provides for resources for parents and whānau that will support their understanding of the importance of teaching and learning about mental health and healthy relationships. This will enable families to provide support to their children at home.

Minister’s statement: New roles to help health and healthy relationship teaching – link)

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