The Reframing Learning and Teaching environments (ReLATE) Professional Learning model aims to build capacity in schools to implement trauma-informed and responsive practice.
The professional learning introduces a number of strategies focused on deepening participants understandings of trauma and creating a school culture of safety and wellbeing with clear links to learning outcomes and quality teaching.
ReLATE was developed in Australia by MacKillop Family Services, MacKillop Education and MacKillop Institute. The ReLATE model is a commitment, as a school community, to sustainable cultural change. At its core, ReLATE promotes transformational relationships, not only for students, but equally for school leaders, teachers and other staff who provide education and support services to children, young people and families.
In such a culture, wellbeing is understood to be the essential pre-condition for quality teaching and learning. Safe, predictable and supportive learning environments are created and maintained in classrooms where students are not just known but deeply understood. Just as importantly, school leaders and staff are supported in their professional learning and development journey as well as their wellbeing.
Since introducing the model at MacKillop Schools in Geelong and Maidstone, we have seen marked improvement in students’:
- social and emotional wellness
- achievement of learning goals and personal accountability
- behaviour and emotion management
- academic success