A whole school approach to psychological wellbeing, helping teachers, staff and students to flourish
Positive for Schools
At Positive, we champion a whole schools approach to psychological wellbeing, delivering transformative learning starting with the teacher population.
Teachers face huge challenges every single day, and their wellbeing has significant implications not only for them as individuals, but also for their colleagues, their students and the school more broadly. We work to support school staff, helping teachers to build resilience and develop practical, versatile skills that they can then pass on to other staff and students.
By taking this two-step approach, we drive sustainable change and help to establish psychological wellbeing within the heart of a school’s culture. Teachers are better equipped to handle the challenges of their profession, while students are given knowledge and tools that can support them throughout their lives.
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Cheryl Giovannoni, CEO of the GDST, joins Positive’s Dr. Brian Marien and Dr Sinead Devine-French to introduce the latest phase of the Trust’s partnership with the Positive Group, and reflect on the benefits already seen in GDST schools.
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App & Online
A two-step approach to improving psychological wellbeing that combines live training with app and online support. Teachers are first helped to develop their own skills, then supported in translating their learning for colleagues and students.
Live training sessions with formal accreditation for Positive Teachers
Ongoing access to the Positive App and online platform
Licence to set up teams and distribute the Positive App to other staff and students
Guidance from Positive in carrying out action research with your key stage, year or class
Opportunities to share experiences and learn from other Positive Teachers
An accessible app-based programme that guides teachers and parents through the core Positive teaching. Scalable and flexible, PIE helps individuals to adopt positive, protective everyday habits that can support them and those around them.
"I would say to other teachers: 100% take part. I personally think it should be incorporated into PGC courses and that all newly trained teachers should do a mini-course on the Positive Schools Programme."
Amy Hostler, Portsmouth High School
"The fact that it starts with the teachers practising the elements themselves is crucial – put yourself first, but then roll it out to the children as well."
Sammy Davies, Portsmouth High School
"What would I say to other teachers considering the Positive Schools Programme? I’d say do it. Why wouldn’t you want to go on a programme that can not only benefit yourself, but the students that you’re working with?"
Pippa Wadey, Putney High School
"To us, the value of Positive’s approach lies in its emphasis on improving our knowledge and understanding of how the mind interacts with the emotions, and how this knowledge can be used proactively to help both our pupils and staff stay well, adapt to change and embrace challenge in their work and beyond.
We are delighted with the outcomes we have seen from the programme so far in our schools."
Cheryl Giovannoni, Chief Executive Officer, Girls' Day School Trust
"The concepts are so common sense and yet grounded in good scientific research. It was very practical and very realistic."
Sarah Tyler, Putney High School