Our Story

 

 

 

 

Positive Schools Founders

Dr Helen Street

Positive Schools Founder

Neil Porter

Positive Schools Founder

Positive Schools Ambassadors

Sir Anthony Seldon

Founder, Action for Happiness. Educator and advocate for positive education and wellbeing in schools

 

Professor Richard Ryan

World-leading social psychologist and co-founder of Self-Determination Theory, supporting motivation and wellbeing

 

Professor Donna Cross

Head of health promotion and education research at the Telethon Kids Institute

 

Professor Toni Noble

 Internationally acclaimed authority on resilience and founder of 'BounceBack' resiliency program for schools

 

Dr Michael Carr - Gregg

 Child and adolescent psychologist, author and advocate for improving the mental health of young people

 

Pasi Sahlberg

Renowned Finnish Educator, Professor of Education Policy and Deputy Director of the Gonski Institute, University of New South Wales

The Positive Schools Initiative 

The Positive Schools Initiative (PSI) was established in 2008 to support the ongoing development and maintenance of thriving school communities around the world. We define thriving school communities as school communities which support the academic, social and emotional learning of ALL members in an equitable, meaningful and sustainable way. We work to achieve this aim from a firm foundation of three core values: kindness, equity and courage.

Conferences & Consultancy

The PSI has operated on a global scale through the delivery of workshops, presentations and ongoing consultancy with schools and colleges since it’s conception. Dr Helen Street has worked with school communities in eleven countries, in addition to hosting open events and writing books and articles in support of both staff and  student  wellbeing.

The Positive Schools conferences were launched in Western Australia in 2009 to close the gap between academic and clinical expertise and education. The immediate popularity and positive  reception  of  the  first two events resulted in their expansion to Queensland in 2011, Victoria in 2012 and New South Wales in 2014. The events have also taken place in both Singapore, from 2015, and Hong Kong, from 2017. Over the past twelve years the conferences have grown in  stature  and  in  reputation, and have become widely known  as  highly  respected,  highly  valuable  and greatly loved events.

 

Writing and Creating

The Positive Times online magazine began in 2012 as a means of offering freely available articles and news items from across the  Positive Schools community. The magazine has become a popular adjunct to the conferences and associated work of the PSI with several hundred thousand visitors every year.

Helen launched her framework of Contextual Wellbeing in 2016. The model highlights the need for us all to reimagine school-based education in more equitable terms, with a greater emphasis on supporting autonomy and agency, cohesion and ongoing learning in all young people. The ideas presented in the Contextual Wellbeing framework reflect many of the messages of the conferences today; and have been embraced widely by individual educators and whole school communities around the world.

Positive Schools Online

Positive Schools Online launched in the midst of the 2020 pandemic. This flexible and innovative platform offers a worldwide opportunity to access engaging and inspiring; grounded and realistic, evidence-based presentations from over 100 leading experts in school based wellbeing and motivation. Positive Schools Online is continually updated with new ideas, up-to-date research and inspiring stories; all grounded within the values and aims of the Positive Schools Initiative.

We offer challenge, consideration and community for all those involved in supporting young people. Together, we can create an equitable future filled with positive school communities. Communities which guide every child to become the best they can be, and to leave school with a passion for learning, compassion and care for others, a sense of purpose, and a love of life.