Berry Street Education Model (BSEM)


The Berry Street Education Model (BSEM) provides strategies that enables teachers to increase engagement of students and to successfully improve students’ self-regulation, relationships, wellbeing, growth and academic achievement.


The domains within the BSEM are Body, Stamina, Engagement and Character, all anchored by Relationship.  These five areas are pedagogical lenses: each domain reflects the durable understandings and evidence-based practice that inform daily classroom learning.  Although there is no single recipe for classroom success, Westgarth PS utilises the BSEM to unify our language, modelling, and relationships to meet the needs of all students.


There are many aspects of the BSEM that are visible in each and every classroom at Westgarth PS.  This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Supporting students to identify their character strengths
  • Providing brain breaks and positive primers as student-centred regulatory activities to ready the brain for learning
  • Promoting mindfulness to establish calm in the classroom
  • Working with students to develop Ready to Learn Scales that require them to identify self-regulation tools to help create a sense of ownership and responsibility
  • Developing a Growth Mindset to explode the "I am dumb" myth
  • Engaging in Daily Morning and Closing Circles to create a routine rich opportunity for students to check-in with their teacher and peers in regards to their social and emotional wellbeing.

The BSEM ties in seamlessly with our already establsihed wellbeing programs at Westgarth PS, including our 'Setting the Scene' start-up program, Rights, Resilience and Respectful Relationships (RRRR), eSmart and the 'Catching on Everywhere' sexuality education program.