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About BSEM

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The Berry Street Education Model (BSEM) provides strategies for teaching and learning that enables teachers to increase engagement of students with complex, unmet learning needs and to successfully improve all students’ self-regulation, relationships, wellbeing, growth and academic achievement. Our pedagogical strategies incorporate trauma-informed teaching, positive education, and wellbeing practices.

Many schools have taken part in BSEM training to address concerns including:

  • teachers required effective strategies for student management and engagement to bolster positive behaviour
  • students were confronting diverse and complex learning challenges
  • teachers were facing significant professional and personal challenges to their own wellbeing when dealing with the diversity of student needs.

BSEM’s unique approach is informed by the last 25 years of trauma-informed practice, positive psychology, and the science of learning research.

Growth of BSEM

Our Model harnesses Berry Street’s 140-year history of supporting vulnerable children to thrive, achieve and belong. Our comprehensive range of education services provides specialist education within the Berry Street School and intensive education supports for young people with histories of educational disruption and adverse childhood experiences.

More than 35,000 Australian teaching staff across more than 2000 schools have already experienced our four day foundation training.

A great way to learn more about our approach is to pick up your own copy of Creating Trauma-Informed Strengths Based Classrooms written by BSEM co-authors as an accessible introduction to start enacting some of our strategies to increase student engagement and learning.