- Teach students specific skills that build wellbeing and resilience and can be measured against baseline data
- Build Positive Education Schools with policies, procedures and organisational cultures aligned to the principles of positive education
- Strengthen partnership with the Centre for Wellbeing and Resilience in the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), Institute for Positive Education (Geelong Grammar School), Positive Education Schools Association (PESA) and other partners
- Train 110 additional teachers in the basic understanding and practice of Positive Education.
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:
- developing a growth mindset
- identifying and capitalising on our strengths
- the link between how we interpret events, our emotions and our behaviours
- interpersonal problem solving
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.
Department for Communities and Social Inclusion
Mr Pat Maher
Deputy Director Community Strengthening
Phone 0459 810 518