Program Principles

Cath Shaw, Founder

The mission of the Positive Living Skills Initiative is three-fold:

  1. To assist Schools to promote positive behaviour and teach children habitual skills to build their social and emotional competence and maturity, starting in early childhood and continuing through to the end of Primary School. 

  2. To support and enhance teacher wellbeing through the fully scripted resource pool of program materials and resources, as well as through dedicated Professional Development experiences focused on developing Teacher’s own Emotional Intelligence.  

  3. To support families to build mental wellbeing skills, through the program resources that go home with students, the dedicated pre-prepared resources designed for Teachers to share with families, and via a ‘Family Link’ online resource portal (see Families page for more details.)

Our vision is to significantly and positively impact the alarming statistics of anxiety, depression, suicide, bullying and violence we are seeing in our communities today, within one generation. We believe this vision could be realised if this approach is applied throughout our communities.  

The PLS Wellbeing Programs are designed to meet the needs of 21st century learners and classrooms, and meet significant elements of the Early Years Learning Framework and the National Curriculum F-10 in both the Learning Areas and the General Capabilities.   

The application of the PLS program concepts are based on the principles and theories of: 


Priming is an implicit memory effect where exposure to one stimulus influences a response to another stimulus.


All scripted learning experiences within the Positive Living Skills programs are worded and phrased intentionally with positive language patterns, and the concepts within the Positive Living Skills program relate to and therefore ‘prime’ participants for the other concepts.

Distributed Practice

Distributed Practice is a learning strategy where practice is broken up into a number of short sessions spread over a longer period of time.

The aim is for teachers or educators to make Positive Living Skills a part of their weekly teaching approach.

Long Term Habits

Long Term Habits are created with repetition and practice, and the brain can change itself through neuroplasticity.


Based on practice and repetition, by completing an activity repeatedly, eventually all the relevant neural systems work together to automatically produce the activity, and the activity becomes a ‘habit'.

“No matter what your ability is, effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment.” 

Carol S. Dweck, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success