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.

Key Details

Date: 7 March 2019 (Thursday)

Cost: $225

Delegates will gain an understanding of

  • Positive Psychology

    and wellbeing science

  • The benefits and evidence

    for Positive Education programmes

  • Learn Character Strengths

    via VIA Character Survey

  • The six domains of wellbeing

    within the GGS Model for Positive Education

  • The framework of Geelong Grammer

    ‘Learn, Live, Teach, Embed’

  • Further Training

    opportunities from Institute of Positive Education

About the Presenter

Justin Robinson

Justin Robinson is the inaugural Director of the Institute of Positive Education (IPE), based at Geelong Grammar School. He leads a team dedicated to promoting the theory and practice of Positive Education through research and providing training for other educators. In 2018, the IPE delivered 124 training courses, which were attended by over 6000 participants. Whilst continuing to deliver a range of open-entry courses and workshops, the IPE is increasingly working directly with individual schools to provide whole-school training and in-depth, long-term consultancy to facilitate customized whole-school Positive Education implementation strategies.

As a passionate leader in the field of student and staff wellbeing, Justin has been invited to write for a number of publications and speak at conferences both in Australia and around the world. His appointment at the Institute follows a successful career as a Mathematics and Physical Education teacher and school leader at both Geelong Grammar School and Trinity Grammar School. Justin is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education and was listed in The Educator’s Top 50 Hot List in 2017.

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