Positive Schools

Master Class (Day 2)

Main Stage (Day 1)


12.00 – 12.30

Stacey Waters (CHPRC)

The Students View

Creating Positive Teacher-Student Relationships - The Students View


Healthy teacher-student relationships are the cornerstone of effective education.  Ample international research highlights the important role of a student’s connection to their teachers has in improving health and academic outcomes.  This presentation will explore Australian data which describe the way in which students’ connection to their teachers is built over time and the important health and education outcomes it predicts.  It will also highlight the key interpersonal features students have identified as critical for building a respectful relationship with their teachers.   This highly practical presentation will explore this recent research and provide recommendations for the ways in which teachers can build healthy relationships with their students to enhance young people’s social and emotional health as well as improving retention and academic outcomes.


 Stacey Waters Positive Schools mental Health and Wellbeing Conference

About Stacey

Associate Professor Stacey Waters is Director – Child Health Promotion Research Centre, Edith Cowan University, WA. Stacey has a strong track record in health promotion intervention research focusing on bullying prevention, mental health promotion, road safety and injury control and social skill development in children and adolescents.  Stacey has won over $1million in research funding and has provided extensive expert consultation for Government and non-Government organisations preparing formative intervention designs and program evaluations.  Stacey is passionate about the promotion of child and adolescent health and wellbeing and is committed to supporting evidence-based best practice in promoting health and wellbeing for this vulnerable target group.




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