Creating A Positive School From The Inside Out –  A Five Step Process

“Dr Helen Street explores how can we create a social context that better supports children’s learning and wellbeing in school. Contextual Wellbeing is a wake-up call to those who suggest that our students should work harder and longer for higher and higher test scores.”
Prof. Pasi Sahlberg, Former Finnish Director General of Education; Professor of Education Policy, Gonski Institute for Education, UNSW Sydney

Dr Helen Street and the Positive Schools team will work with your school leaders, teachers, non-academic staff and parents to guide and support your process.

Contact us to explore how we can create an individualized program to best support the needs of your school using a mix of presentation and consultation formats, across one to five steps.

We have divided our process into five clearly defined steps, to ensure that your journey feels autonomous, progressive and inclusive for all members of your school community. We support each step with a carefully constructed mix of leadership discussions, staff presentations and workshops, parent events, small group meetings, team coaching sessions and an ongoing check in as critical friends.

See section c. ‘Meeting the Needs of Every Member of your School Community’ to explore a full range of themes and topics for presentations, discussion and workshops.

Positive Schools Online

Our Positive Schools Online platform offers 24/7 additional support from more than 60 international leaders in school based wellbeing; and our annual Positive Schools conferences provide an invaluable opportunity to share your journey with other educators.

Keeping Track of What Works

We also believe in the importance of keeping track of your journey with simple but effective data collection and analyses.  Data collection can inform and guide your journey as well as provide ongoing incentive and positive reflection.

Five Steps to Sustainable Growth

Depending on your needs, contact us for a single day presentation, or to create a twelve-month plan incorporating a mix of interactions across all five steps:

  1.  Laying the Foundations
  2.  Understanding Where You are At
  3. Knowing Where You Want to Be
  4.  Wellbeing in Action
  5.  Reflections and Review
‘This model has rigour and is evidence-based, yet Helen presents it in a chatty, accessible and engaging style that keeps you listening.’
Prof. Toni Noble,  Australian Catholic University

Step One - Laying the Foundations

Presentations, Workshops, Small group consultations and leadership meetings – online and off

Sustainable, growth and development happen in a school when all those implementing that growth are on board. This means it is vital to take time to support your leadership team and staff in understanding and engaging with all that your school can become.

You need the members of your school community to be on the same page, with energy, enthusiasm and commitment to bringing out the best in the school.

When your staff are on board, they will feel engaged and energized in the process of building contextual wellbeing across your entire school community.            

Step Two – Understanding Where You are At

Online surveys, analyses and reports focusing on an ascertain of how well your school is meeting the key needs of all members.

Data matters. Collating and examining relevant and meaningful data is an important part of the process to creating a positive school culture and community. As much as it might be tempting to jump straight in with a plan of action, it is also important to gather information about where you are at, where you want to be, and to inform your journey.

We suggest you encourage staff, students and interested parents to complete one of our brief online surveys as a means of collecting a broad overview of your school’s current levels of contextual wellbeing. This data can be further enriched with anecdotal feedback and discussion and with relevant school data, e.g. attendance rates and recorded incidences of positive and negative behaviours.

We can tailor questionnaires to your school and create presentations and detailed reports of all findings.

Step Three – Knowing Where You Want to Be

Presentations, Workshops, Small group consultations and leadership meetings – online and off.

As Lucius Seneca said, ‘When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind’.

As much as it is important to understand what is working well that you can build on, it is also vital to create a school wide understanding of your overall aims, ideals and values for a positive school culture.

Return to the webpage and click on 'Meeting the Needs of Every Member of your School Community' to browse through the table of ‘Presentation Topics and Themes’ to explore 60 presentation and workshop topics that can be presented and discussed in your school, online or off.

We also recommend your staff subscribe to Positive Schools Online to discover hundreds of specially recorded presentations from more than 60 education experts. 

Step Four – Wellbeing in Action

Regular ‘Critical Friend Check In’ in Addition to In-Depth Presentations, Workshops, Small group consultations and leadership meetings – online and off.

Following the excitement of first presentations and meetings, it is important to ensure you keep momentum and create realistic, sustainable and meaningful ongoing plans and processes.

We are here to support you on your long-term journey with a mix of check-ins, coaching sessions, consultation and ongoing presentations.

We want our work to create meaningful and valuable change and development in every school community we work with; and that means ensuring we are there for you beyond the first presentation!

Step Five – Reflections and Review

Online surveys, analyses and reports focusing on exploration of change and growth within the school. Can be presented in a small (leadership) group, as a written report or a whole-staff presentation. Additional consultation, coaching and ‘critical friend’ sessions can be used to support findings and ongoing change and development.

This step provides an opportunity to revisit your data collection and consider how your journey is progressing. We can provide a detailed presentation and report highlighting what is working well, what might need challenging, and where there is room for further growth and development.

We can also ensure we take time to support future planning and help you towards consolidation and further creation of the best school you can be, in a sustainable, realistic and nurturing way.

As with all Positive Schools initiatives, we aim to ignite, engage and energize your whole school community. In so doing we want to help you to be the best school you can be.

“Helen Street is a great friend of Geelong Grammar School and the Institute of Positive Education. Helen’s work has had a lasting impact on our School community and her messages continue to influence our actions and behaviours. Helen is a wise, and deeply knowledgeable, applied social psychologist. Through her own research, her wide academic reading and her own practical wisdom Helen presents a wide range of key messages that will assist any school to build and nurture a caring and cohesive learning community. Be prepared to listen, prepared to be challenged and prepared to inquire as Helen takes you and your school on a journey towards a more peaceful and harmonious community.”
Justin Robinson, Director, Geelong Grammar School Institute of Positive Education, Australia

Contact Us

If you have any questions,

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  • By mail: PO BOX 634 Subiaco 6905
  • Western Australia