Berry Street Program


In today’s changing and complex world, many primary and secondary school students encounter daily adversity including chronic and traumatic stressors, lack of environmental supports, and other barriers to their own school success. Despite best efforts and intentions, schools require community responses to address student needs for healing, growth, and achievement.

The Berry Street Education Model provides schools with the training, curriculum and strategies to engage the most challenging students. This education initiative is different because it is research-informed, multifaceted and systemic. It is unique because it educates schools and their leaders to reinforce and sustain cognitive and behavioural change, thereby re-engaging the young person in learning and progressing their academic achievement.

The Berry Street Education Model is designed to improve a school’s capacity to address school engagement of vulnerable or disadvantaged young people so that they can achieve their personal and social potential through educational achievement.

The approach combines a top down and ground up strategy. We focus on providing guidance on practical implementation in mainstream and specialist schools, in addition to providing consultation to allied education professionals and community service organisations involved in education engagement.

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