Project Members:

Professor Anne Graham (Researcher,

Margie Pembroke (Project Lead,

Anna DuChesne (Data Librarian,

Glenda Scibilia (Data Librarian,

ANDS Contact:

Kathryn Unsworth (

Project Status:


CCYP Wellbeing in Schools project

Southern Cross University

Project Description

The Centre for Children and Young People (CCYP), headed by Prof Anne Graham, was awarded the 3 year ARC Linkage in 2012 titled ‘Wellbeing in Schools: What role does recognition play?’ The CCYP partnered with the Catholic Schools Office, Lismore, Good Grief Ltd and the University of Central Lancashire. The aim of the research was to generate new knowledge about ‘wellbeing’ in schools that would result in improved outcomes for children and young people.

A mixed methods approach was utilised, generating important descriptive and thematically coded qualitative data and both descriptive and inferential quantitative analyses. The views and perspectives of students, principals and teachers, which are central to the research, were sought through in-depth, semi-structured interviews, focus groups and an online survey instrument.

Since data collection during 2012-2013 the project has produced systematic policy and practice-relevant evidence to advance the way children’s social and emotional ‘wellbeing’ is understood and approached in schools. The research has been used by school systems to develop policy and implementation frameworks to support wellbeing in schools.

Professional development activities were undertaken during 2015-2016 to further engage school systems with the key research findings. The positive response and uptake of key learnings reflect the value of engaging research partners in the entire research process - turning research findings underpinned by the data into knowledge, improving policy and providing practical and tangible outputs for school communities.

Mediated data collection

Data Type:

Print, reports