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As a Community of Learning I Kāhui Ako, we realise the importance of physical, emotional and cultural wellbeing to ensure the engagement of all students and their learning. The engagement of parents and whānau is also of critical importance. The significance of student well-being is captured in several ERO reports: Wellbeing is vital for student success and is strongly linked to learning. New Zealand and international research shows that many school factors influence student success. Although there is no single measure for student wellbeing, the factors that contribute to it are interrelated and interdependent. For example, a student's sense of achievement and success is enhanced when they feel safe and secure at school. This in turn lifts their confidence to try new challenges, strengthening their resilience. (ERO 2016) The ethical responsibility of teachers, leaders and trustees is to consider, promote, balance and respond to all aspects of the student, including their physical, social, emotional, academic and spiritual needs. These considerations require deliberate expression and action across all curriculum areas, pastoral care, strategic priorities and teaching practices. To maximise the role that schools have in promoting and responding to student wellbeing, these systems, people and initiatives require a high level of school-wide coordination and cohesion. (ERO 2017) We would add to this that there is an opportunity for Community of Learning I Kāhui Ako wide coordination and cohesion to support better outcomes for our students. 

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