Education – Resources

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Sue Roffey (2019) School as Family: Education aligned with healthy child development. TEDxNorwichEd.

Adrian Bethune (2020) Can school make you happier?

Rita Pierson (2013) Every kid needs a champion. TED.

Ken Robinson (2010) Changing Education Paradigms. RSA. [<=The link here is to the full 55min talk: below is a neat 12min animated summary]

Rob Houben from Agora school in Roermond, Netherlands, explains why you should forget about teaching and start with what you really know about learning (2019) Read more here.

Hector Escamilla (2019) The Two Most Important Skills for Students. Greater Good Science Center

The Aboriginal Girl’s Circle


Sue Roffey (2020) Relationships in Education & Inclusive Schools. The Sizzle podcast

Psych Crunch – the podcast from the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest: particularly Ep 24: How Children Learn Through Play


The OECD Learning Compass 2030 is an evolving learning framework that sets out an aspirational vision for the future of education. It provides points of orientation towards the future we want: individual and collective well-being. The metaphor of a learning compass was adopted to emphasise the need for students to learn to navigate by themselves through unfamiliar contexts.


Edutopia – Dedicated to transforming K-12 education so that all students can acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives.

International Positive Education Network (IPEN)

Growing Great Schools Worldwide

Publications – Positive Education reading list

The Association of Independent Schools in New South Wales has published a brilliant literature review of what is needed for every school and every child, everywhere.

Margaret Kern & Michael Wehmeyer (Eds.) (2021) The Palgrave Handbook of Positive Education. Palgrave Macmillan.

Rich Gilman, Scott Huebner & Michael Furlong (Eds.) (2009) Handbook of Positive Psychology in Schools. Routledge.

Julia Hardy & Charmian Hobbs (Eds.) (2017) Using qualitative research to hear the voice of children and young people: The work of British educational psychologists. British Psychological Society

Carmel Proctor (Ed.) (2017) Positive Psychology Interventions in Practice, Springer.

Alejandro Adler (2016) Teaching Well-Being increases Academic Performance: Evidence From Bhutan, Mexico, and Peru. Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations, 1572.

Kim Cameron (2019) The Impact of Positive Leadership in Education. Wheatley.

Vicki Zakrzewski (2021) How Educators Can Help Make a Kinder World. Greater Good Science Center.

Relationships, resilience & behaviour

Sue Roffey (2011) Changing Behaviour in Schools: Promoting Positive Relationships and Wellbeing. Sage.

Bill Hansberry (2016) A Practical Introduction to Restorative Practice in Schools: Theory, Skills and Guidance. Jessica Kingsley.

Kelly-Ann Allen and Christopher Boyle (Eds.) (2018) Pathways to Belonging: Contemporary Research in School Belonging Brill.

Kelly-Ann Allen, Dianne Vella-Brodrick & Lea Waters (2016) Fostering School Belonging in Secondary Schools Using a Socio-Ecological FrameworkThe Educational and Developmental Psychologist, 33(1), 97-121.

Smarter Scotland (2013) Better relationships, better learning, better behaviour. Scottish Government.

Emmy Werner (2005) What can we learn about resilience from large-scale longitudinal studies? In Sam Goldstein & Robert Brooks (Eds.), Handbook of Resilience in Children. Springer.

Social & emotional learning

Joseph Durlak, Roger Weissberg, Allison Dymnicki, Rebecca Taylor, & Kriston Schellinger (2011). The impact of enhancing students’ social and emotional learning: a meta-analysis of school-based universal interventions. Child Development, 82(1), 405–432.

Joseph Zins, Roger Weissberg, Margaret Wang & Herbert Walberg (2004) Building Academic Success on Social and Emotional Learning: What Does the Research Say? Teachers College Press.

Neil Humphrey (2013) Social and Emotional Learning: A critical appraisal. Sage.

Carmel Cefai & Valeria Cavioni (2014) Social and Emotional Education in Primary School: Integrating Theory & Research into PracticeSpringer.

Erica Frydenberg, Andrew Martin & Rebecca Collie (Eds.) (2016) Social and Emotional Learning in Australia and the Asia-Pacific. Springer.

Whole school wellbeing

Denise Quinlan & Lucy Hone (2020) The Educators’ Guide to Whole-school Wellbeing: A Practical Guide to Getting Started, Best-practice Process and Effective Implementation. Routledge.

Helen Street & Neil Porter (Eds.) (2014) Better Than OK: Helping Young People to Flourish at School and Beyond. Fremantle Press.

Clare Erasmus (2019) The Mental Health + Wellbeing Handbook for Schools: Transforming Mental Health Support on a Budget. Jessica Kingsley.

Toni Noble & Helen McGrath (2016) The PROSPER School Pathways for Student Wellbeing: Policy and Practices. Springer.

School environment

Helen Street (2018) Contextual Wellbeing: Creating Positive Schools from the Inside Out. Wise Solutions.

Adrian Bethune (2018) Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom: A Practical Guide to Teaching Happiness. Bloomsbury Education.

Sue Roffey & Jacqueline Barnes (2014) Community change- the complex nature of interventions to promote positive connections. In Felicia Huppert & Cary Cooper (Eds.), Wellbeing: A Complete Reference Guide: Vol 6: Interventions and Policies to Enhance Wellbeing. Wiley-Blackwell

Ansie Kitching (2010) Conceptualising a relationship-focused approach to the co-construction of enabling school communities. (Thesis).

Pedagogy (teaching and learning)

John Hattie (2009) Visible learning: A synthesis of over 800 meta-analyses relating to achievement. Routledge.

Katherine Weare & Adrian Bethune (2021) Implementing Mindfulness in Schools:  An Evidence-Based Guide. The Mindfulness Initiative.

Shiri Lavy (2020) A Review of Character Strengths Interventions in Twenty-First-Century Schools: their Importance and How they can be Fostered. Applied Research Quality Life, 15, 573–596

Adrian Webb (2019) Meet the school with no classes, no classrooms and no curriculum.