Personal development and well-being

Schools have an important role to play in helping young people to develop and manage their physical and emotional well-being, and to live and work with others in different contexts.

Key areas include: social interaction; developing a healthy mind, body and lifestyle; and knowing one’s own strengths and weaknesses and how to develop competences.

Learning experiences can be opportunities for developing the skills to reflect critically on and manage one’s own lifestyle, and to communicate and collaborate with others. They can also encourage young people to have an attitude of aspiration and the desire to set and achieve goals, and of tolerance – valuing diversity and respecting others, and being prepared both to overcome prejudices and to compromise.

A ‘whole school approach’ is important as it engages the entire school community (school leaders, staff, learners, and families).

In this section you find articles and other materials on this theme. Read more on this theme on the European Commission’s website. To explore other themes, use the menu at the top of the page.

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