AWE Users

School Students

How's your wellbeing?

Very few of us really think about our wellbeing and what drives our happiness. We probably have a rough idea of how life is going, but few of us really look at what impacts our wellbeing - either boosting it or draining it. The first step to managing our wellbeing is creating our own information and being able to stand back and take a look at it. That's what a wellbeing assessment is all about.

Why should I bother with the assessment?

Virtually all of us can learn from a wellbeing assessment. It's not just for people who are struggling, but also for people who are doing well. After looking at different aspects of their wellbeing most people can see where they can make positive changes. Plus, AWE looks at what's going well and what's not, so you can build on what's going right as well as changing what's not.

How can I use my results?

The best way to use your results is to talk to your family and friends. Having conversations about wellbeing, both what is going well and what is not going so well, is a good first step towards improving wellbeing. You can also talk to your teachers and school guidance counsellor about your results.

School Staff and Parents

How's your wellbeing?

Most people do not take the time to fully consider their wellbeing and what drives their happiness. However most people have a rough idea of how life is going, but more often than not, they don't have a thorough understanding, or really know what impacts their wellbeing, or which aspects they can actually improve. The first step is to obtain more accurate, reliable and relevant data - a wellbeing assessment.

Do I really need an assessment?

Most of us can benefit from a wellbeing assessment. An assessment is not just for people with low wellbeing. Once they examine the different aspects of their wellbeing most people can see where they can make positive changes. Moreover, because AWE assesses both what is going well and what's not, you can build on what's going right as well as changing what's not.

How can I use my results?

AWE does not provide wellbeing programmes. The last page of the adult assessment report points to 'Ways to Wellbeing'. These are 3rd party online resources that have been vetted by our wellbeing experts and purported as the best online resources that include scientifically validated programmes and materials.

Schools

Why should a school measure wellbeing?

In many schools staff are disengaged and morale is low, yet school management do not know the full extent of this because it's not regularly or thoroughly assessed. Some schools and wider school communities are now looking to ascertain, measure, improve, and manage the wellbeing of their staff and students, and consultants to schools need tools for dealing with stressful organisational change, or performance or wellbeing improvement initiatives. They are doing this because empirical research is confirming a strong link between wellbeing leading to engagement, and then productivity, and then to subsequent better organisational outcomes and success.

In particular it is the link between wellbeing leading to, and underpinning, engagement that has been largely unrealised up until now by most organisations and specialists. Instead some organisations have focused on 'wellness' and the link between physical health and engagement with Health Risk Assessments (e.g., heart checks) and various health provisions (e.g., yoga classes, discounted gym memberships). Investing in wellness is worthwhile as it increases wellbeing, and then engagement, however it is not as strong, or as comprehensive, as directly addressing wellbeing.

What can AWE offer?

AWE has produced an online assessment that assesses adult and student wellbeing scientifically, quickly, practically and at low cost - our products enable and facilitate the work of those who work to improve others wellbeing in their school. The first step is to obtain more accurate, reliable and relevant data - an AWE assessment. The Work Wellbeing module of the assessment assesses the situational requirements for wellbeing at work for staff and their experience of the workplace in terms of what is hindering and enabling their engagement, productivity and performance.

Group level assessment results enable school management to embed wellbeing into the culture of their school community in order to optimise staff and student engagement. The assessment assists in identifying aspects that impact performance levels and highlights key areas and workforce issues. AWE provides your school with a group level aggregate report and data of how your school is currently doing, how it is faring over time, and how effective its' intervention programmes are. Your staff, parents and students are also provided with immediate feedback on their wellbeing, and we point staff and parents to vetted online resources on how to improve their wellbeing based on empirically validated scientific research.

What are the likely outcomes?

Achieving a return on your schools' investment (whether that be a wellbeing assessment, or a wellbeing programme) matters. AWE's solutions are focused on enabling schools strategic outcomes, key performance indicators, and results which will drive schools forward. For example, organisational value can be assessed via employee outcomes (i.e., engagement, productivity, performance, satisfaction ratings, sick days, retention/turnover, etc.) relative to the cost of investment in wellbeing assessment and wellbeing/wellness/clinical intervention programmes. Assessments and reports enable staff, parents and students to better understand how they are doing and what they can do to improve their psychological wellbeing. In addition, a school that focuses on wellbeing is attractive to new recruits and future students, and students who have high levels of social and emotional wellbeing are more likely to attend school regularly and remain engaged in their learning.

Why choose AWE?

The current providers of organisational wellbeing assessments are sparse, generally of low quality (with a few exceptions), and mostly provide unspecific and untailored assessments, with limited useful business functionality. There are no providers of specific school wellbeing assessments (in comparison to organisational wellbeing assessments). In contrast, AWE combines rigorous research with practical application - we are research-led, results-driven, and customer-focused. The unique value that AWE provides is in:

  • our assessment being based on science.
  • a fully automated, customisable, online system that saves schools time.
  • inexpensive price.
  • tracks wellbeing over time.
  • credibility via our team of eminent wellbeing and assessment scientists and practitioners.
  • smart analytics and reporting features (e.g., proactively identifying relapse, wellbeing warnings).
  • a user-friendly assessment experience for staff, parents and students.
  • the only assessment in the market specifically targeting the assessment of positive education, at a school community level.

But we already do an engagement survey?

Many organisations assess the levels of engagement of their staff. These assessments usually focus on answering the question "who's engaged in our workforce?", and "at what level?", and depending on the particular assessment, provide limited information as to the root causes or drivers of engagement (the 'how' and 'why'). These assessments usually ask more practical and process orientated management questions, for example around workload and resources (particularly barriers to engagement). Measuring levels of engagement is distinctly different to wellbeing, and provides different information to pull different organisational levers. However, schools can also add their own engagment questions to the AWE assessment.

Can we try AWE?

Yes. We have created a test account with most of the functionality enabled. You can log in via the AWE home page using the email address testschool@awesomeschools.com and password testschool. Please note that all data and settings are deleted every 24 hours. The purpose of this test account is so that you can visit a school dashboard and see the full functionality that AWE provides (e.g., add questions and scales, add subgroups, manage users, upload a school logo, add a school wellbeing contact etc.) and also register fake student and adult (staff/parents) accounts and see first-hand what the assessment experience is like for students / staff / parents.