Primary School Wellbeing Program

Cath Shaw. Founder.

Current mental health statistics show that many teenagers are in trouble, and reports are now suggesting that students in Years 4-6. are now facing similar challenges as students in Years 9-11 have faced in recent years. We have seen evidence of this in our own communities.

On top of that, teachers are feeling more stressed and time poor than ever before, as they attempt to juggle all their competing priorities and packed Curriculums.

Something needs to change, to more directly help students learn skills for healthy self-esteem and strong social connections starting in their foundational year of School, so that mental health problems can be prevented. The wellbeing of Teachers must also be actively supported and enhanced, and families also need to be involved and included in the learning so the whole community benefits.             

That’s where we come in.

The formal results of a Qualitative study of the PLS Primary School Wellbeing Program conducted by Charles Sturt University are NOW available.
Click the CSU Research Paper button below (under The Program heading) to access the Research paper prepared by Dr. Loraine Fordham, School of Teacher Education. If you have any questions, please contact us. 

'I LOVE PLS. I find it easy to navigate and the activities very relevant. I like the up to date language and I find my class engage with it more. I think PLS really supported the changes in our wellbeing system. It gave us a really good baseline and a NEW LANGUAGE!!  We are hoping as time goes on this will really become a part of our School.'           Liz, Assistant Principal and Year 4/5 Teacher, Broken Hill, NSW.

The Program

The Positive Living Skills Primary School Wellbeing Program is a comprehensive, ‘whole of school community’, early prevention and intervention program.


It supports teachers, students and families by embedding the Positive Living Skills concepts into their daily lives.

We aim to support teachers as they, in turn, support happy, resilient kids, with social skills and emotional fitness.

Teachers lead the Positive Living Skills Wellbeing Programs, helping students learn a range of proactive, preventative and practical ways to look after their own emotional wellbeing.

Learning experiences are mapped to the Curriculum and are designed not to add any more work to teachers.

When they are ready to transition from Primary School into High School they will understand how their thoughts, feelings and behaviours are linked and they will have tools to support their resilience, communicate more effectively, and cooperate with others.

To read the latest research results for the Positive Living Skills Primary School Wellbeing program, conducted by our research partner Charles Sturt University,  click below.

What's included?

· Comprehensive Learning Experiences and extensive resources including posters, audios, visuals covering all learning levels from Foundation to Year 6.


· Full program has a total of 216 individual Learning Experiences individually mapped to the Australian National F-10 Curriculum Learning Areas and General Capabilities (V8.3) by the School of Teacher Education, Charles Sturt University 


· Access to Professional Development Webinars which support teachers with their own wellbeing as well as providing ideas that they can take back to the classroom and share with families


· Support from the PLS team to assist you to onboard and embed the program and get the team engaged with the PLS program concepts and resources


· The Family Link is an online hub for families of ‘Positive Living Skills’ schools where they can access and a range of resources some of which are used within the PLS program and additional resources to support their child’s learning as well as their own wellbeing.

The program is evidence-based, and effective. 

For Frequently Asked questions, click on the button below.

What Teachers are saying

Brent Fennessy – Year 4 teacher

Morgan Street Public School, Broken Hill

Heidi Ehsman – Year 6 teacher

Middleton Public School, Parkes

Zoe Ruckley – Year 3-4 teacher

Peak Hill Central School, Peak Hill


Rachel Heywood – Kindergarten teacher Peak Hill Central School, Peak Hill

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