Primary School Wellbeing Program 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Positive Living Skills Initiative?

The Positive Living Skills (PLS) Initiative supports Early Learning Centres and Primary Schools to lead a culture of mental wellbeing in their communities, supporting educators with ‘ready to implement’ ‘teacher-led’ scripted and resourced learning experiences giving them a common language approach to teaching children to build habitual skills for emotional intelligence and positive mental health starting from Early Childhood through to Year 6, with program materials also supporting educators and families. The suite of Positive Living Skills programs includes: 1. The PLS Early Childhood Wellbeing Program including resources for children, educators and families 2. The PLS Primary School Wellbeing Program, also including student, teacher and family resources, and offered in a range of program packages. 3. Other products available to edcuators and families via our website

How is the Positive Living Skills Primary School Wellbeing Program different?

Feedback we are receiving suggests that the Positive Living Skills Primary School Wellbeing program could be the most extensive scripted and curriculum mapped 'resource pool' style set of social and emotional program packages available in Australia - with up to 216 individually scripted Learning Experiences plus loads of included resources all mapped to the National Curriculum, NSW PDHPE and Australian Teaching Standards. It also can be integrated with and supports Schools approaches to Positive Behaviour and teaching of School values.
• Positive Living Skills is based on a completely preventative and positive mental wellbeing approach. All our lessons are worded intentionally with positive language patterns that promote empowerment, kindness, cooperation, positive relationships, empathy and personal accountability.
• This program supports the Curriculum and is designed to be implemented once a week, or up to every day if preferred, as a true preventative mental health program, rather than it ‘sitting on the shelf’ waiting to be accessed when there is a problem.
• We are focused on supporting teachers. There is no formal up-front training required to start delivering this program as all the information required is provided up front. Online and 'on demand' Porfessional Development is also offered to support teachers’ emotional wellbeing
• Positive Living Skills is designed to support the whole School community - The Positive Living Skills online resource hub, The ‘Family Link’ is also available for families and children to access a range of PLS resources from the comfort of their home as well as having some resources shared by students and teachers. For more information about the program download a comprehensive program information document now, or peruse all the package options HERE.

What’s included in the PLS Primary School Wellbeing Program Packages?

When a Primary School decides to move forward with the Positive Living Skills Wellbeing initiative, Schools can now choose from THREE options: 1. Schools can move forward with the FULL 12 Unit Positive Living Skills program containing 216 Learning Experiences covering 12 Content topics: CORE program topics: Highlights, Feelings; Focus, Relaxation; Cooperation and Self Esteem, and The Extension program topics: Appreciation; Communication; Choice; Solutions; Leadership; and Potential Plus posters, matching resources, Family resources, Teacher Professional Development, onboarding support from the PLS team and more. 2. Schools can choose to start with the CORE Program (144 resourced Learning Experiences) for Foundation to Year 6 OR the Extension program (72 resourced Learning Experiences) for students in Years 3-6, OR 3. Schools might choose to start with ONE of the 12 UNITS of the program: All Learning Experiences within all packages have been individually mapped to the F-10 Australian National Curriculum and the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (AITSL), plus the NSW PDHPE Syllabus. To download a comprehensive PROGRAM INFORMATION DOC with pricing and details of all options, click HERE .

What are the PLS Program Concepts?

The Positive Living Skills Program has six (6) ‘Core’ Program Concepts within the Early childhood Wellbeing Program and the Primary School Wellbeing Program. The Core Concepts are: Highlights Feelings Focus Relaxation Cooperation and Self-Esteem The Primary School Wellbeing “Extension Program” also supports students in Years 3 -6 as they prepare to transition from Primary School to High School. The Extension Program Concepts are: Appreciation Communication Choice Solutions Leadership, and Potential To download a comprehensive PROGRAM INFORMATION DOC detailing the Program Package options and all pricing Click HERE . To watch short videos about the 12 concepts click HERE

Why the Positive Living Skills program?

The Positive Living Skills Primary School Wellbeing program offers unique value in that it is: · Fully scripted for ease of use for time poor educators – it is a ‘pick up and run with’ intentional teaching program (minimal teacher preparation required) · The program offers up to 216 pre-prepared resources and lessons and it is presented in a very accessible format - a 'resource pool' that is ready to teach and supports Positive Behaviour frameworks, Anti-bullying approaches and School values programs · The Program can be adapted or adopted for different age groups and contexts with complete flexibility for teachers · The Program is matched to the National F-10 curriculum V8.3 – Learning Areas and General Capabilities, and the AITSL Professional Teaching Standards · PLS offers an engagement model (whole of School program packages) for ongoing support of participating educators · Our program includes Professional Development Sessions aimed to support Teachers within PLS member Schools · The program links resources with the home environment assisting families to navigate parenting and supporting students while they are at School and as they prepare to transition to High School · The program addresses the alarming statistics around mental illness affecting young people today. With younger and younger children presenting with anxiety and depression, this program provides children with an opportunity to build habitual wellbeing skills · The program supports already overworked Teachers by providing a completely prepared, ready to implement and fully flexible resource pool to teach habitual wellbeing skills, with each learning experience mapped to the Curriculum. · Supports Principals in supporting their teams, driving School success and connecting with and supporting their community

What aged children is the program suitable for?

The Positive Living Skills Primary School Wellbeing program packages cover all Primary School teaching years from Foundation (Prep, Kindergarten) to Year 6. The 144 Learning Experiences in the CORE program cover all Primary School Teaching Stages, and the 72 Learning Experiences in the “Extension Program” covers Years 3 -6. There are a total of 216 Learning Experiences in the full 12 Unit program which can be delivered as a flexible resource pool for Teachers, and the program can also be bought in Stages or Units.

How is the PLS Primary School Wellbeing program delivered?

Teachers and Educators deliver the pre-prepared program lessons and resources to the students within the Learning Environment. Unit concepts and Learning experiences can be delivered in a flexible way to small or large groups of students, and program concepts and resources support anti-bullying programs, positive behavour approaches and School Values programs and projects. Alternatively Positive Living Skills can be the predominant wellbeing program of the School and stands alone. The focus is on School community support, teachers support and student support without adding anything to already stretched workloads.

How much time is involved in delivering/implementing the program?

Each Learning Experience has been designed to be delivered within a 15 minute time period with loads of potential to extend. To build a long-term skills set for wellbeing it is suggested that PLS Learning Experiences are delivered once a week, and if Schools proceed with the full program then all Year Levels can focus on the same concept at the same time to embed the learning across the school culture. The Positive Living Skills program can also be used as a supportive 'resource pool', to assist teachers to deliver other initiatives focused on positive behaviour, anti-bullying, and respectful relationships, and can be purchased in a range of package options.

How flexible is the program?

The program is a fully flexible resource pool of scripted learning experiences, and each Learning experience supports others in the program although all are completely stand alone. You can apply any Learning Experience from any Program Unit to integrate with current classroom learning or any situation in the classroom or School, or you might like to deliver the program in a linear way. As a teaching professional the choice is yours!!

Is Professional Development included?

Yes. All Positive Living Skills Primary School Wellbeing program packages include access to (3) three online 'on demand' Professional Development sessions. These sessions explore the concepts of Leadership, Stress Management and Focus. Content supports teachers both within the context of their own ongoing personal and professional development and the learning outcomes can be taken back into the classrooms and shared with students. It's important to note that teachers do NOT have to attend PD to get started with the PLS program materials. They are fully resourced and easy to start at any time of the School year. For more information on the PD offered by Positive Living Skills go to our PD Page.

How much training is required for teachers/educators to deliver the program?

Teachers are not required to attend any specific training to deliver the Positive Living Skills program. A fully scripted Program Introduction Powerpoint Presentation is included in the Program introductory materials and once the team have familiarized themselves with the Positive Living Skills concepts Resource videos/documents , browsed through the scripted learning experiences and resources, they are ready to start sharing the program with children! Having said that, if a School proceeds with the full 12 Unit program, the Positive Living Skills team offers full 'onboarding' support, presenting to School teams (via online meetings), and supporting with Scope and Sequence options so Schools can receive as much or as little support as they prefer from PLS.

How much planning/preparation is required to deliver a lesson?

Very little preparation is required. The teacher or educator decides on the PLS Learning Experience to deliver, gathers any external resources such as pencils or paper, puts on the supplied audio or refers to the provided resources, and the Curriculum mapped lesson is ready to implement!

How does the program meet the Australian National F-10 Curriculum?

Each Individual Learning Experience of the Positive Living Skills Primary School Wellbeing Program has been mapped to the Australian National F-10 Curriculum Learning Areas and General Capabilities (V8.3) by the School of Teacher Education, Charles Sturt University. All learning levels of each program Unit has also been mapped to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, and the NSW PDHPE Syllabus. All Units of Work have also been mapped to the Australian Teaching standards.

What is the appeal for teachers and educators?

At Positive Living Skills, we know how many responsibilities teachers have and how valuable your time is. We also know how important it is that children learn practical skills for emotional wellbeing and that the responsibility to teach these skills lies within the educational environment. This is a ‘pick up and deliver’ program, that meets Social and Emotional outcomes, AND curriculum outcomes, and supports teachers to promote positive behaviour and school values. We are also focused on supporting you to support your parent and carer community, through the PLS Family Link, AND the Professional Development component supports the whole teaching team.

How does the program connect with parents, carers and the community?

The Positive Living Skills initiative is focused on supporting children, educators and families to build and maintain helpful ways to live fulfilled lives through the building of habitual skills for mental wellbeing. To assist with this mission, we have developed a range of resources within the program that Educators can share with parents and carers via newsletters, and we have also developed the Positive Living Skills Family Link. The family link is an online resource hub that contains a range of supportive audios and documents that are linked to the topics within the program and which can assist all members of the family to maintain their mental wellbeing.

What is the appeal for School Principals and the School Community?

The goal of the Positive Living Skills Wellbeing initiative is to not only support the social and emotional wellbeing of students, it is also to support the ongoing culture of the School community, supporting teachers and educators to build their confidence and communication skills via both the lessons and Professional Development, which represents an opportunity for teachers and educators to continue to build their own emotional intelligence. The program also connects with families through the learning experiences and the Family Link.

How much does the PLS Primary School Program cost and how do I get started?

When a Primary School moves forward with the Positive Living Skills Wellbeing initiative, there are a RANGE OF OPTIONS to choose from: Option 1: FULL 12 Unit Whole of School F-Y6 Program (216 lessons) Option 2: CORE 6 Unit Whole of School F-Y6 Program (144 lessons) Option 3: EXTENSION 6 Unit Y3-6 Program(72 lessons) We are now also offering the option to move forward with one content Unit only from within the Core Program F-6(24 lessons) or from the Extension Program Y3-6 (12 lessons) The Program options are currently being sold as a Lifetime Licence and program packages NOW start at just $249.00 ex GST. To download a detailed information document including pricing click HERE Or click HERE to learn more about the options and pricing

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“That’s the beauty of education, kids taking lessons out of the classroom into their own world where they can positively affect their family, their friends and their greater community.”  Erin Gruwell