Berry Street Education Model

Berry Street Education Model

An Introduction:

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.

Our 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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Read an interview with Tom Brunzell about the Berry Street Education Model

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Education Initiative Award

We are pleased to announce Tom Brunzell as the recipient of the Education Initiative Award at the 2016 Robin Clark Protecting Children Awards. This award recognises Tom’s contribution to improving outcomes for children and young people in child protection. Watch the video, featuring the Berry Street Education Model’s Leonie Abbott, developed for the awards ceremony.

Berry Street was first established on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders, past and present, and to all the traditional custodians of land throughout Australia.