Student Well-Being

Proxy Indicators

One way to gain insights into student well-being is to take observable teacher actions/behaviors that are generally accepted as strengthening child well-being and use those as proxy indicators. Such teacher behaviors could be, for example:

  • Greeting students as they come into class and using individual student names

  • Providing encouragement to students who are having difficulties in class

  • Ensuring that all students have a chance to speak and share their ideas and opinions in class

  • Playing games and engaging with other students in the playground or leisure areas at break-time

Such teacher-focused proxy indicators are also very context-specific. Indicators would have to be discussed with local teachers and teacher trainers and, of course, closely linked to the planned intervention.