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Implementation Workshop Price: $575.00 Plus GST School Level: Secondary Location: Livepool, NSW Date: Tuesday, 1 April 2014
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September 28 2016

Flourishing: Creating A Positive Educational Landscape

Since the revelations of the research by academics such as Seligman, Fredrickson, Dweck and Grotberg it has become increasingly obvious that for students to flourish we must create a positive educational environment for them. In its forty-year history Peer Support Australia has been at the forefront of this paradigm shift.

Hundreds of schools across Australia have adopted the concept of strength based positive education by implementing the Peer Support program. The Peer Support framework provides schools with a broad range of tools in which to develop positive peer relations. The program enables students to;

  • build social and emotional learning skills
  • identify and enhance character strengths
  • build resilience
  • build optimistic thinking
  • allow time to practice these positive skills via the peer led model

Schools report in adopting the protective factor framework evident in Peer Support that;

  • Student to student relationships improve
  • Student to staff relationships improve
  • There is a reduction in anti-social behaviour
  • There is improved competence and confidence in students
  • Students feel a greater connection and sense of belong to school

By embedding the Peer Support program into everyday practice schools across Australia are using activities that;

  • Explicitly identify and develop individual character strengths
  • Focus on the development of ‘open’ thought patterns or mindsets
  • Explicitly celebrate student achievement
  • Actively nurture confidence and personal relationships
  • Develop a range of coping strategies and network support
  • Develop reflection skills

Many Peer Support schools have embraced Positive psychology principles and have embedded Peer Support as a successful initiative in putting this into practice. One such school on their website captures it this way

“…All staff are committed towards the building of a school community where the wellbeing of all students and staff is given the same priority as academic achievement. The high prevalence of depression among young people worldwide, the well-documented small rise in life satisfaction, and the correlation between learning and positive emotion all argue that the skills for wellbeing should be taught in school…”