A very warm welcome to the Positive Education Schools Association.

PESA is Australia’s Positive Education peak association.  We serve members across Australia and internationally, ranging from schools, universities, educators, and parents, to researchers, charities and community members who share an interest in an evidence-based approach to wellbeing, and a commitment to supporting our schools, students, and the wider community to flourish.

Positive Education is the application of the application of the science of wellbeing and principles of Positive Psychology within education, to enhance student, staff and wider community wellbeing – both in boosting wellbeing and reducing ill-being.  It is an approach to educational systems which acknowledges the importance of, and teaches the skills required to enhance, wellbeing and character development as an essential component of academic achievement and personal flourishing over our lifetimes.

Positive Education is an approach that values eudaimonic wellbeing, focusing on meaning, self-realisation and ‘doing good’. To quote Christopher Peterson, it teaches us that ‘other people matter’.

Now, more than ever, educators are acknowledging the link between wellbeing and student achievement.  Schools are increasingly focusing on the development of resilience, optimism, emotional stability and grit in each individual, and the importance of students and staff understanding and utilising their character strengths.

PESA is committed to contributing to a thriving society where everyone can fulfil their potential and achieve both personal success and wellbeing.  We believe that every institution within society has a moral obligation to promote human flourishing – and none more so than those responsible for educating young people, our schools.

PESA is proud to stand alongside our dedicated and diverse community of practice, striving together to grow wellbeing in our schools.

Please click here to view the CEO’s welcome video and Dr Martin Seligman’s Reflection on Positive Education.

We are delighted to welcome you to our rapidly growing community.

Marita Hayes-Brown