Bringing the science of wellbeing into schools
This workshop is for any school leaders or educators interested in placing wellbeing at the heart of education.Positive Education acknowledges that for a school to be at its best, the wellbeing of students and the community must be optimised. To help nurture a flourishing community, Positive Education draws on a broad range of human and life sciences including positive, cognitive, social, behavioural, and educational psychologies as well as neuroscience and behavioural economics.
Drawing upon existing frameworks and from successes observed in the fields of Social Emotional Learning, mental health prevention, and health promotion, adapted to meet the goals of Positive Education, the Geelong Grammar School Model for Positive Education proposes four interconnecting, cyclical processes; Learn it, Live it, Teach it, Embed it to help place wellbeing at the heart of a school. It is critical to recognise that each process should be considered relative to each organisation’s unique context and culture.
This comprehensive one-day workshop gives an overview of the principles of Positive Education and how it can help school communities to flourish. Drawing on Geelong Grammar School’s experience of implementing a whole-school approach, and that of hundreds of other schools that the Institute of Positive Education has trained worldwide, this course explores the benefits of Positive Education, the underlying research that guides teaching practice and the GGS Model for Positive Education. Delegates will have the opportunity to experience a range of wellbeing activities and interventions drawn from Geelong Grammar’s School’s world-leading Positive Education programme and reflect on how the concepts could be taught and embedded in their own school context.