An Opportunity to Share YOUR successful ideas and strategies to support WELLBEING and  A LOVE OF LEARNING in YOUR SCHOOL

A What Works Expo will be held at all Positive Schools 2017 events.

The expo offers an opportunity for Australian schools and colleges to showcase ideas, programs and strategies from schools around Australia that have been found to be effective in promoting wellbeing, positive mental health and a love of learning.

Ideas can range from simple classroom strategies (such as teacher Brendan Egan’s decision to play background music while his year three children work collaboratively) to whole school programs such as a positive education program or whole school community initiative.


In Queensland, Western Australia and New South Wales we will incorporate a selected number of What Works displays to be presented amongst our trade displays for the FULL TWO DAYS of the event.  This means that the displays will be accessed by delegates during ALL CONFERENCE BREAKS allowing those manning the displays to still attend the conference but also to showcase their work to a large audience.

In Victoria, we once again have a designated foyer specifically for all What Works displays outside the DAY ONE workshop rooms.  Delegates will be able to access the displays during ALL CONFERENCE BREAKS on DAY ONE of the event in between attending workshops.

NB IN ALL STATES those manning displays can still attend presentations without losing the opportunity to show case their work

Each successful school will be given


Want to participate?


Simply spend ten minutes completing the What Works online form by clicking on the link


Perhaps you too are a teacher who plays music in class to calm boisterous students. Perhaps you are a principal venturing forward with a whole school program to increase community relations. As long as you have experience of it working to make a positive difference, no initiative is too large or too small.

For example, Rosalie Primary School put suggestions for gestures of kindness and goodwill on tags and pinned them to a tree growing outside of the school gates. In the lead up to Christmas community members took ownership over a suggestion and, once they had completed the task, added a Christmas decoration to the tree.  I witnessed the tree turn from a mass of paper tags to a twinkling mass of tinsel and baubles representing completed gestures.

Meanwhile, Ferny Grove High School music department installed a sandwich toaster in the staff room and invited students to pop in and use it - they have had an amazing increase in attendance and also cessation of thefts from the staff room (which after occurring previously prompted the initiative). A great example of how trust breeds trust.


We look forward to reading about what works in your class or school… and to welcoming you to Positive Schools 2017


THE WHAT WORKS EXPO – submission form can be accessed by clicking on the following link

*Note – you can still submit to participate in What Works if you have registered before the end of 2016 – however you will not receive a discount because you have already received the extra early bird discount.