The PROSPER School Pathways for Student Wellbeing

Policy and Practices

  • Toni Noble
  • Helen McGrath

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research book series (BRIEFSWELLBEING)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Toni Noble, Helen McGrath
    Pages 1-23
  3. Toni Noble, Helen McGrath
    Pages 25-95
  4. Toni Noble, Helen McGrath
    Pages 97-109

About this book


This brief defines student wellbeing and outlines seven evidence-informed pathways that schools can take to promote student wellbeing and  develop their school as an enabling institution. The acronym PROSPER is applied as an organizer for both the psychological elements of wellbeing and for these Positive Education pathways. These pathways focus on encouraging Positivity, building Relationships, facilitating Outcomes and a sense of competence, focusing on Strengths, fostering a sense of Purpose, enhancing Engagement and teaching Resilience. Each pathway draws on both the principles of positive psychology and the educational research  that identifies the impact of each pathway for student learning.  The benefits of a school-wide focus on student wellbeing for student engagement in learning and their success in school and in life are outlined.  Practical guidelines for the development and implementation of educational policy that has student wellbeing as its central focus are also provided.


Developing Social-Emotional Learning Skills Developing Young People's Capacities as Responsible Caregivers Developing a Healthy Lifestyle Development for Educational Policy Educational Research for Student Learning Global Benefits when Focussing on Student Well-Being Human Happiness and Well-Being Implementation for Educational Policy Pathways on Building Positive Relationships Positive Learning Environment Positive Psychology and Education Promoting Student Well-Being Providing a Safe and Positive Learning Environment School-Wide Focus on Student Well-Being Student Well-Being related to Academic Success

Authors and affiliations

  • Toni Noble
    • 1
  • Helen McGrath
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Positive Psychology and EducationAustralian Catholic UniversityStrathfieldAustralia
  2. 2.School of EducationDeakin UniversityBurwoodAustralia

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