Positive Education

Project name

Positive Education

Industry sector

Thriving communities



Positive Education brings together the science of Positive Psychology with best practice teaching and learning to encourage and support schools and individuals within their communities to flourish.

Positive Psychology shifts the focus from what is wrong with us, to what is right with us.  It helps us build our wellbeing, cultivate our strengths, and develop resilience in the face of setbacks or disappointment.

Positive Education uses the PERMA+ framework, recommended by Adelaide Thinker In Residence Dr Martin Seligman and other international experts and adopted by SAHMRI’s Centre for Wellbeing and Resilience.

Over 30 schools, preschools and early learning centres across the northern Adelaide region are teaching students specific skills that build wellbeing and resilience.  These include:

Around 300 teachers from across the region have undertaken training and a further 110 are expected to do so in April 2016.

Baseline measurement of wellbeing and resilience has been undertaken across a number of schools and will inform planning for 2016, and provide a starting point for ongoing comparison and indication of progress in improving particular elements of wellbeing.

Commencement date

February 2016


Department for Communities and Social Inclusion
Mr Pat Maher
Deputy Director Community Strengthening
Phone 0459 810 518