The WellSchools Network is a national organization established as a spin out company of University College Cork School of Education in 2023 to develop, implement and research programs/training that support student well-being and behaviour for learning. The goal of the WellSchools Network is to promote both student well-being and academic achievement through the implementation of a Systems and Trauma Informed Model of Positive Education.
The WellSchools Network is committed to empowering schools to promote well-being and academic achievement through our flagship WellSchools Whole School Program. Our mission is to collaborate with schools and local and national agencies to provide training to schools that support student well-being and collective teacher efficacy in facilitating behaviour for learning.
The WellSchools Network flagship offering is our WellSchools Whole School Training Program, which is a comprehensive training program that provides school leaders and teachers with the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to create nurturing environments that support student well-being and academic success.
The WellSchools Whole School Training Program provides school leaders and teachers with three days of intensive training, monthly coaching online via a community of practice, and resources including classroom and student management strategies that they can immediately begin to use across their school.
David Cashman is the founder of The WellSchools Network. With 16 years of experience in education, David has built a solid foundation of knowledge and expertise in educational disadvantage and trauma, having worked as a teacher, deputy principal, and principal at Sundays Well BNS, a DEIS Band 1 school.
Jess Kennedy is a multi-award winning Senior Occupational Therapist and founder of the Gabadoo Platform. She is a passionate OT who has worked in private practice for over 10 years, upporting families in both Ireland and Australia. Jess has trained hundreds of educators and has a key interest in building teacher and parent capacity, preventative health-care, coaching and early intervention.
Gabadoo has won multiple awards for innovation and sustainability within the healthcare space. Their online platform provides schools with ongoing and ndividualised support from experienced and registered Occupational Therapists (OTs) and Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs). Gabadoo assigns schools with a Lead Therapist who will oversee the support provided.