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Funding opportunity for Public Schools in the Western NSW Primary Health Network region
Register your interest NOW (before 30th April 2021) for this limited opportunity.
Eligible Schools will be prioritised for this opportunity based on the date EOI's are submitted.
The Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSWPHN) is giving public primary schools in their region the opportunity to express their interest to access the Positive Living Skills Primary School Wellbeing Program with full funding support.
Participating schools will gain access to the comprehensive flexible resource pool of (216) pre-planned learning experiences with matching resources covering Foundation to year 6, giving teachers a common language to teach mental wellbeing. The PLS initiative supports students, educators and families and is easy to implement adding no additional work for teachers. Express your interest today.
Watch this 2 minute video now to learn more about how to be part of this opportunity
About this Opportunity
The Positive Living Skills (PLS) Wellbeing Program offers an evidence-based approach to the intentional teaching of skills for mental wellbeing, starting in early childhood, and has been designed with educators in mind so it is easy to implement, flexible and comprehensive.
PLS brings a fresh set of curriculum-mapped resources to primary schools that supports educators to intentionally teach children habitual skills to build their social and emotional competence and maturity. PLS is a fundamental early prevention approach supporting children to learn a range of habitual strategies to build a strong sense of self-worth and resilience and empower them to self-regulate and self-direct their emotions for positive outcomes, and support them as they move into adolescence and high school.
With the support of the Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSWPHN), the Positive Living Skills Wellbeing Initiative will be introduced to government primary schools in the WNSWPHN region, providing each school with an opportunity to submit an Expression of Interest to access the Positive Living Skills Wellbeing initiative for their learning communities.
Participating primary schools will be provided with a Lifetime Licence to the PLS program materials and the Positive Living Skills team offers each school support to integrate the program into their existing wellbeing strategy plan and curriculum, to engage their teams and to plan the roll out of the program into their communities.
Participating schools will sign a Memorandum of Understanding agreeing to commence implementing the PLS program in 2021 and to participate in an evaluation of the program via an online Survey form which will be sent out to all schools at the end of the year and will be shared with WNSWPHN.
To get started:
1. Fill out this online form to express your interest
2. PLS will then be in contact to update you on the opportunity
If you have questions, email us:
About the PLS Primary School Wellbeing Program
Jo Devin, Co founder of Positive Living Skills presents a PLS Primary School program 'DEMO' (approximately 10 mins)
Participating schools will access the FULL Comprehensive 12 Unit Positive Living Skills Primary School Wellbeing Program.
The opportunity to Express your Interest is currently open to all public primary schools in the Western NSW PHN region. Any size school could qualify depending on funding availability.
If unsure if your school is in the catchment area express your interest now or for a WNSWPHN region map click HERE.
The PLS Primary School Wellbeing program includes 216 individually pre-planned, curriculum-mapped Learning Experiences (mapped to National F-10 Curriculum, AITLS teaching standards and NSW PDHPE Syllabus), extensive teacher resources, family resources, support from PLS and a selection of online PD sessions (PD is not required to begin delivery of the program). It is a flexible resource pool.
You can also find out more info about this opportunity by downloading an information document or learn more about the PLS program by clicking HERE.
What are psychologists saying about the PLS program?
“Positive Living Skills gives teachers the tools they need to teach children the life skills they need to thrive. PLS strategies have the power to set children up for a life filled with joyful relationships, emotional well-being and success in achieving their goals. Congratulations to Cath and Jo on creating a program with so much potential to have a positive impact on the lives of children and our society. ”
Beth Macgregor, Psychologist
Beth Macgregor is an accomplished and experienced psychologist who consults to Child Health, Education and Welfare organisations and her focus areas include attachment, child development, brain development, trauma and working with vulnerable families. See www.bethmacgregor.com for more information.
"Positive Living Skills is such a beautifully simple, rich, and adaptable program for any classroom, learning space and child. It provides a wonderful foundation for building resilience and learning to ride the inevitable waves we face throughout life.
With a perfect combination of CBT, Mindfulness and practical activities for social and emotional development – this program is bound to have a lasting impact for our children and their communities. The expert guidance and leadership of Cath and Jo is evident – well done to all involved”
Carly Fisher, Psychologist
Carly Fisher is a passionate and accomplished Psychologist who has worked for over 15 years with children, adolescents and adults in individual and group settings, as well as consulting with businesses, to overcome challenges and strive for their best version of health and wellbeing.
Carly is a vocal advocate for rural and country kids being able to access high quality professional support, early intervention, training and learning.
For more about Carly and her work, visit
'Children now have a forum to discuss their feelings, a safe place where their emotions can be supported and seen as important and an opportunity to focus on positive feelings.' Teacher, Wellington Public School, NSW
'You can share with other people and everyone listens and you get to share your ideas.'
Year 3-6 student
PLS Learning Solutions Australasia Pty Ltd trading as Positive Living Skills,
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What is involved in delivering the program?
When a school moves forward with the PLS wellbeing program, it is suggested that all learning levels deliver one 15-20 minute PLS learning experience per week, although this is just a guide. PLS provides a range of suggested Scope and Sequence options that could assist your school to decide where to start and how often to deliver.
All 216 individually pre-planned learning experiences are stand alone and the school can choose which concept they would prefer to start with. As schools range in size, schools might choose to use the program as a resource pool of lessons in context with other learning outcomes or based on what is happening in their school environment.
The program and lessons are flexible and teachers can adapt the lessons as required. The main objective is for the lessons to be delivered consistently and to embed the positive language across the school community.
How much time will be required by our school?
Once the school receives the PLS starter pack which contains a USB flash drive with the full program resources loaded, they upload the program onto the school server. Each of the 12 topics have 5 minute introduction videos introducing the concepts and this is often enough for teachers to move forward with delivering lessons. There are also comprehensive referenced teacher resource sheets for each topic.
When a school joins The Positive Living Skills community, a PLS team member will contact the school to discuss the school’s individual needs, and we can ‘Zoom’ into a staff meeting to present an overview of the concepts and content and provide a Q and A session if required.
Feedback suggests that once schools have unpacked the program and decided how they wish to move forward, then delivering a Positive Living Skills lesson/activity might take up 15-20 mins of class time each week and schools will often include an activity into their weekly assemblies and share some information with families via newsletters.
What support does the PLS team offer?
The PLS team is here to support school teams as they roll out the Positive Living Skills program.
PLS offers onboarding and engagement sessions via Zoom to Wellbeing teams or teaching faculty teams or both!
We can support with ‘unpacking’ the program, planning your personalised scope and sequence, and assisting to engage teams and provide Q and A sessions. And some wellbeing teams prefer to use the provided pre-planned and scripted powerpoint presentation and unpack and present the program themselves.
The PLS team offers email or phone support as needed and will touch base once a term in the first 12 months to offer support.
What training do teachers need?
There is no specific training needed for teachers before they begin implementing Positive Living Skills.
All lessons in the resource pool are scripted and pre-planned and teachers can begin implementation with minimal preparation. There are short 5 minute introduction videos for each of the 12 concepts and often this is enough for teachers to then pick up a lesson and deliver it. In addition there are comprehensive, referenced Teacher Resource Sheets on each concept.
The PLS team offers onboarding and engagement support via Zoom sessions and phone as needed.
How long does the program run for?
How does the program work in a small school setting?
The PLS program is currently working effectively in large and small school settings, and can be adapted as needed.
In small schools where all learning levels are in one or two classrooms, teachers can choose from all the learning level resources and adapt as needed.
All lessons and resources are designed to be completely flexible.
How does the program work with composite classes?
The PLS program is organised in 4 learning levels – Foundation, Years 1-2, Years 3-4 and Years 5-6.
When schools run composite classes for example Years 2-3, we recommend they begin with the Year 1-2 level resources, then they can adapt the resources or choose to trial or implement the Year 3-4 resources or a combination of both.
How does the program fit with the Curriculum?
Positive Living Skills is predominantly a PDHPE program that also strongly supports English, Literacy, Personal and Social Responsibility, Critical and Creative Thinking as well as Ethical Understanding and Intercultural Understanding.
All 216 learning experiences within the Positive Living Skills Primary School Wellbeing program have been mapped by Charles Sturt University to the National F-10 Curriculum (v8.3) Learning Areas and General Capabilities and the Units have also been mapped to the NSW PDHPE.
Units of work have also been mapped to the Australian Teaching standards.
What does the PHN require from our school?
When schools move forward with the PLS program funded by the WNSWPHN, they have two main responsibilities to the PHN as part of the funding agreement:
- Schools agree to begin implementation of the PLS program within one term of joining the initiative (if a school joins in term 2 2021 it would be expected that they commence implementation of the program in Term 3 or Term 4 2021). NOTE: PLS can start in any week of any term of the year
- Schools agree to participate in providing some general feedback about their experience with the program. This feedback could be as simple as circulating a short online survey to teachers.
How does the program connect with parents, carers and the community?
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.
What paperwork or contracts are signed by the school?
When schools Express their Interest to move forward with the PLS program with funding support from the PHN they will be sent two documents to sign and return: