The ReLATE model guides schools and education services to create safe and supportive learning environments for the whole school community.
MacKillop Education’s ReLATE (Rethinking Learning and Teaching Environments) model is a holistic, trauma-informed and responsive, school culture change model.
Developed by MacKillop Family Services for the Australian education context, ReLATE creates a culture of safety, inclusion and wellbeing for optimal learning across the whole school, informed by international trauma-informed education principles.
At its core, ReLATE promotes safe relationships - not only for students, but equally for families, teachers and other staff who provide education and support services. In such a culture, safe and supportive learning environments are maintained in classrooms where students are not just known but understood, stress is minimised and teachers are supported in their professional growth.
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