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Free social & emotional learning program for schools

The Smiling Mind Primary School Program helps schools implement and sustain meaningful and impactful change for students, teachers and the wider school community. Since February 2020, Smiling Mind has delivered the  Primary School program to schools across Australia.

The Australian Government has generously provided funding for 1,100 primary schools to participate in our evidence-based whole-school social and emotional learning program in 2023. This is open to schools who are new to Smiling Mind, and those who’ve completed Smiling Mind program(s) in the past.

What the program provides

Valued at up to $8,990, the funded places provides the following:

  • 12-month subscription to the Smiling Mind Classroom Curriculum, which has 120 pre-prepared SEL lesson plans, and can save teachers valuable time in planning & delivering the SEL curriculum
  • Mindfulness Foundations Course – a self-paced online professional development course for educators (90mins)
  • Access to webinars on specialist topics (including Educator Wellbeing, ADHD, and Trauma)
  • Access to regular Live Practice sessions for Educators as part of Smiling Mind’s online community
  • Additional digital & printable resources for educators, students & parents
  • (New schools only) A live-online facilitator school staff workshop ‘Working with the Primary Classroom Curriculum’ to support schools implementing the program.

How to find out more or apply:

Impact of the Program

Smiling Mind is seeing very positive results from schools that have participated:

  • Most students (73%) find Smiling Mind helpful, with key benefits including being more focused on schoolwork (34%); calming down during worry (29%); and feeling less worried about schoolwork (24%).

  • Educator confidence to discuss and teach SEL and mindfulness concepts increased substantially over the duration of the program – from 51% at commencement to 96% at completion.

  • 100% of participating educators observed benefits from the program.

  • Educators themselves experienced statistically significant improvements in wellbeing after participating in the program.

The program was recently evaluated by the Australian Council of Education Research – read more on the Smiling Mind blog.

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