MODEL FOR POSITIVE EDUCATION

The Geelong Grammar School Model for Positive Education is a science-informed conceptual and applied framework for schools to encourage and support their students and staff to flourish.

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Geelong Grammar School passionately believes in the importance of student and staff wellbeing. The high prevalence of depression among young people worldwide, the well-documented small rise in life satisfaction, and the synergy between learning and positive emotion all argue that the skills for wellbeing should be taught in school. There is substantial evidence from empirical studies that skills to increase resilience, positive emotion, engagement and meaning can be successfully taught to schoolchildren and achieve meaningful outcomes.

Since 2008, Professor Martin Seligman, one of the founders of Positive Psychology, has been involved in a collaborative project with Geelong Grammar School. This project is recognised as pioneering the development and application of what has come to be defined as Positive Education.

The Geelong Grammar School Model of Positive Education is based on the scientific research underpinning Positive Psychology. It has been reinforced by observations and learning from implementing Positive Psychology interventions at the School.

Character Strengths Research Summary (PDF 4.1MB)
Flourish Research Summary (PDF 6.1MB)
Positive Accomplishment Research Summary (PDF 4.1MB)
Positive Emotions Research Summary (PDF 3.6MB)
Positive Engagement Research Summary (PDF 4MB)
Positive Health Research Summary (PDF 6.1MB)
Positive Purpose Research Summary (PDF 2.5MB)
Positive Relationships Research Summary (PDF 4.5MB)