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R U OK? has released calendars and quarterly e-newsletters specifically designed for primary and secondary educators to develop the capacity of students to support someone they know who might be going through a tough time or struggling with life. 

“Educators are passionate about doing the very best for the young Australians in their care despite managing workload pressure, staff shortages and long hours[1],”  said Dr Hannah Brown, Education and Young People Manager at R U OK? “They recognise that for their students, supporting their peers and talking with each other about how they’re really feeling are important life skills.”

The R U OK? calendars and e-newsletters feature free resources to support educators in teaching these skills to students throughout the academic year. All resources are co-developed with educators to ensure they are relevant and effective in real classroom settings.

“During our consultations with educators, we consistently heard that time constraints were a barrier to searching for supporting resources,”  explained Dr Brown. “By creating the opportunity for educators to receive resources directly and focusing on concise, easy-to-implement ideas, we hope to simplify workflow and support the dedicated teaching community to embed these important life skills among their school community every day of the year.”

 2024 R U OK? educator resources include:

  1. Calendars: Tailored for both primary and secondary school educators, these one-time downloads highlight important dates and provide links to free activities and resources for use year-round in the classroom.
  2. Dedicated educator e-newsletter: A concise quarterly email update, featuring links to practical resources, ideas for classroom activities, and inspiring stories from educators who are fostering an R U OK? culture in their community throughout the year.

Key features of R U OK? educator resources:

  • Free and age-appropriate: All resources are free, age-appropriate, co-developed with educators, mapped to learning themes and aligned with learning objectives.
  • Building an R U OK? Culture: Resources are designed to help schools build and maintain an R U OK? Culture amongst staff, students, and the wider school community.

Educators can access these free R U OK? resources here.

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