The institute of positive education

About the Institute of Positive Education

The Institute of Positive Education (IPE) is a ground-breaking initiative by Geelong Grammar School, the first school to embed the principles of Positive Psychology into all aspects of school life.

The IPE’s primary role is to deliver transformational educational programmes to promote wellbeing throughout the world. The IPE aims to teach students valuable life skills on which they can increase their learning capacity and build a successful and happy life.


In 2018, the IPE delivered 124 training courses comprising 208 training days, which were attended by over 6000 participants. The IPE’s training team has a combined total of more than 150 years of classroom and school leadership experience and over 50 years of practice implementing Positive Education. The team consists of experienced teachers (primary and secondary) and qualified psychologists and researchers.

The programmes offered by the IPE are designed to have a meaningful impact on the future wellbeing of both educators and young people so that they can flourish and contribute to their world in more positive ways. The IPE’s training courses allow participants to explore the key concepts and skills of Positive Education in a practical way and all content is supported by empirical research and are evidence-based.

About Positive Education

The fundamental goal of Positive Education is to promote flourishing within the school community. Around 160,000 young people aged 16 to 24 live with depression each year. While there has been some decline in suicide rates in Australia in the past ten years, suicide continues to be one of the leading causes of death in Australians aged between 15 and 24. With this epidemic of mental health problems, Geelong Grammar School made a commitment to its young people to take positive action to promote wellbeing in schools. Research is now beginning to show that Positive Education programmes decrease stress and anxiety as well as increase self-efficacy, self-esteem and optimism. Evidence-based Positive Education programmes are playing a crucial role in teaching the skills of wellbeing and promoting positive health for students. Positive Education provides strategies to get the best out of life’s situations, from exercising resilience when facing adversity to using strengths when striving for future goals. A flourishing student is engaged in their learning, contributes positively to their community and nurtures many healthy relationships. Schools have a prime opportunity to impact the wellbeing of young people by implementing a Positive Education programme.

The Institute of Positive Education presents The Science of Achievement Conference taking place at the National Education Summit on Friday 30 August 2019.