Wellbeing & Learning Difficulties
This course will focus on the importance of wellbeing in students with learning difficulties. It will highlight the necessity for teachers to be aware of the behaviours and language used in children and adolescents regarding their wellbeing, especially in children with learning difficulties. It will further explore the relationship between learning difficulties and maintaining wellbeing for students who struggle in the classroom and how teachers can approach parents and carers with their concerns with confidence and clarity.
Teaching & Learning
1.5.2 Teachers will be able to identify and use strategies for differentiation within the classroom for all students. The course will assist teachers in identifying the needs of the learner and the impact factors such as trauma, anxiety, cognitive and behavioural difficulties have on learning. The course will provide teachers with opportunities to consider these factors when using differentiation in the classroom.
4.1.2 The course will offer practical suggestions and research led strategies to improve the learning outcomes for all students within the class. It will further assist in highlighting the need for developing relationships within the classroom between teacher and students, and amongst peers.
7.3.2 The course will offer strategies to teachers on how to approach parents and carers in conversations regarding learning difficulties, behaviour and support. The course will give clear guidelines on the type of language appropriate for discussing wellbeing and the importance of maintaining open and supportive relationships with parents and carers.
Rationale for Course
With mental health initiatives being at the forefront of the NSW Governments agenda, there is a significant need for teachers to have the skills to be able to identify possible mental health concerns amongst their students and to be able to liaise appropriately with parents and carers. Between 1996 and 2013 the number of students with disability increased from 2.7 per cent to 12 per cent whilst the NSW Mental Health Commission Living Well Report found that 23 per cent of children live in a household where at least one parent is experiencing a mental illness, 10 per cent of pre-school children (aged 3-5 years) show mental health problems, which rises to 14 per cent in following years (4-16 years) and in 2012, suicide was recorded as the leading cause of death for 15 to 17 year olds. In NSW, there are over 756,000 students in NSW public schools (aged 5-18 years) and over 2200 public schools supported by over 60,000 teachers. With such significant numbers of students experiencing difficulties with their mental health it is paramount that teachers are at the forefront of care.