The KidsMatter Primary recognition process is an opportunity to acknowledge schools that are working strategically to improve mental health and learning outcomes for students.
Criteria for recognition
Through the recognition process, schools will provide evidence of the actions they have taken to embed a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing.
Schools are eligible to apply for recognition when they have:
- completed Getting Started professional learning (or equivalent)
- completed whole-staff training in each KidsMatter component
Schools will provide evidence in each of the four KidsMatter components:
Component 1: Positive school community
Component 2: Social and emotional learning
Component 3: Working with parents and carers
Component 4: Helping students with mental health difficulties.
Steps in applying for recognition
Include a school leadership statement about the impact and the future plans of KidsMatter.
Ensure the application is approved by your school’s Principal.
Assistance with the recognition process
If you need assistance with the recognition process, contact your state/territory KidsMatter team.
Remember to reflect on all aspects of your school community and the changes that have occurred. The application form highlights areas to reflect and think about when telling your school story.
Approval of recognition
We will notify your school when the Application for Recognition is approved. If we require additional information, we will ask you to revise your application.
Upon receiving recognition, your school will be acknowledged in a number of ways.
On the KidsMatter website: Your school’s name will be added to the list of recognised schools.
Your school will receive:
- a metal plaque suitable for mounting on a fence or wall
- a signed Certificate of Recognition
- a celebration and media pack with information about raising awareness in your community about this award
At a KidsMatter event: your state contact will discuss options with you for being acknowledged at a KidsMatter professional learning event or other events at which KidsMatter has a presence.