Berry Street Education Model (BSEM)

Evidence-based strategies for teaching and learning to support students with complex, unmet learning needs and improve engagement, self-regulation, relationships, wellbeing, and academic achievement.

  • Tier: Tier 1: Positive Mental Health Promotion
  • Type of intervention: Whole school approach to mental health
  • Strength of evidence: Level 3: Foundational and emerging evidence for program
  • Geographic location: Statewide

Program description

The Berry Street Education Model (BSEM) provides strategies for teaching and learning that enables engagement with students with complex, unmet learning needs. It improves their:

  • self-regulation
  • relationships
  • wellbeing
  • academic achievement.

The BSEM incorporates trauma-informed teaching, positive education, and wellbeing practices.

The model offers a suite of:

  • professional development
  • consultation and mentoring opportunities for school leaders and teachers.

Intended outcomes

  • Increased educator knowledge of trauma and its impacts
  • Increased educator knowledge of strategies to support all students, especially vulnerable students
  • Increased student attendance and engagement
  • Decreased challenging student behaviours

Program details

Target audience
  • Capacity building for primary school staff
  • Capacity building for secondary school staff 
Program providerBerry Street Victoria
Delivery mode
  • Face-to-face
  • Online
  • Combination of face-to-face and online

*Preference is for face-to-face

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: Teachers, wellbeing staff, school leadership teams, and allied education professionals.
  • Program adaptability: Training is adapted based on school needs e.g. if the school has already implemented trauma-informed or positive education. BSEM is also adapted to meet the culturally-specific needs within local communities in addition to the strategic aims of school leadership teams identified within each school’s annual improvement and strategic plans.
  • Staffing: Most schools complete the course over 18 months using pupil-free days so there are no staffing or backfill requirements.
  • Training requirements: The program is delivered through a 4-day professional learning course, in-person when possible (or equivalent if blended with online delivery). Technology requirements involve visual projectors for presentations and sound.
  • Factors to consider: There is no minimum number of participants required for schools to participate; however, in small schools (with less than 30 staff members) it is recommended to join with a neighbouring school to help defray travel costs for our training team and enable cost-effective delivery.
  • Australian context: The program has been developed and applied in Australia.


Item cost


Detailed cost

There is a set price for the 4-day program dependent on the number of participants. All prices include GST.

  • Up to 20 participants: $15,000 inclusive of a set of 5 workbooks
  • 20 to 40 participants: $16,500 inclusive of a set of 5 workbooks
  • 40 to 60 participants: $18,700 plus $50 per person for a set of 5 workbooks
  • 60 to 120 participants: $21,900 plus $50 per person for a set of 5workbooks
  • 120 to 180 participants: $23,100 plus $50 per person for a set of 5 workbooks

The cost of each masterclass is $350 (inc. GST) per person. For school leaders the Berry Street Education Model Leadership Program 2-day course is $1,200 (inc. GST) per person. One day of a consultant's time is $2,5000 (inc. GST).