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Students flourish when the school community has high expectations for them and they receive support that helps them meet their goals.

Many of our students have had difficult experiences as children. This is where the Berry Street Education Model (BSEM) comes in. BSEM embeds wellbeing in the whole school community, from students and their families, to the entire school staff.

By using Unconditional Positive Regard (that is, being kind and compassionate towards others and ourselves), students can heal and feel fully supported in their learning.


  • learn to self-regulate behaviour
  • feel nurtured in their relationship with staff
  • improve learning outcomes.

BSEM is informed by the last 25 years of trauma and positive psychology research.

The 5 domains of BSEM

The 5 domains of BSEM relate to areas in child-development that each student needs to grow to be 'ready to learn'.

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Increasing students' capacity for physical and emotional regulation of the stress response, de-escalation and focus.

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Nurturing on-task learning through relational classroom management strategies.

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Creating a culture of academic persistence by nurturing resilience, emotional intelligence and a growth mindset.

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Motivating students with strategies that increase their willingness to learn.

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Harnessing a values and character strengths approach for learning and future pathways.

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