Reframing Learning and Teaching Environments (ReLATE) aims to make real, measurable and lasting change in schools to better the teaching, learning and wellbeing of not only students but staff, leaders and the whole school community.
It recognises the impact that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have on the developing body and brain of a child and the lasting impacts into adulthood. It gives education professionals tools, knowledge, skills and resources that enable them to be cognisant of the impacts of adverse experiences on engagement, learning, health and wellbeing.
Combining educational research, social science, behavioural theory and neuroscience, ReLATE supports teachers to implement practical strategies in their classrooms.
Within ReLATE, wellbeing is understood as an essential pre-condition for quality teaching and learning. Safe, predictable and supportive learning environments are created and maintained in classrooms where students and staff are not just known, but deeply understood.
The ReLATE model is a commitment, as a school community and system, to sustainable and positive cultural change and advocates for shared responsibility towards enhancing learning in a school environment.
For more information or to start your ReLATE journey, download your ReLATE guide now.
Our partnership with Monash University embeds a strong evaluation framework across the ReLATE model and ensures continuous improvement.
ReLATE is generally implemented across an individual school or a network of schools, over three-years however alternative approaches also exist.
"Since participating in the ReLATE model, there has been far less reactivity with incidents and more tolerance, modifying our expectations of all children and families to align to their needs."
Pilot school teacher
ReLATE: Reframing Learning and Teaching Environments, was developed in Australia by MacKillop Family Services, drawing on the practice model implemented in our schools (MacKillop Education). MacKillop Education provides a safe and supportive school environment that caters for children and young people who are disengaged, or at risk of disengaging, from education.
Understanding adversity and self-care for school leaders
Leading in complex and uncertain times can have a detrimental impact on the health and wellbeing of school principals.
Teachers are a lighthouse for all students, but how do teachers keep their light burning?
Teacher burnout is real and measurable. How are we supporting our teachers to support our children. They are a lighthouse for their students, but who is helping them to keep their light burning?
Supporting children and young people in times of transition
As teachers work hard to create safe and predictable environments for their students, external to school factors can have a positive or negative impact on students depending on how they handle adversity and the supports being put in place during this time.
Learning environments and inclusive education
A collaboration with the University of Melbourne investigating the relationship between inclusive education and school learning environments.
School leadership: Enhancing learning environments through trauma-aware practice
St Pius X Deputy Principals Stacey Atkins and Joe Ewing share how the Catholic primary school in the Diocese of Ballarat has been putting safety, relational trust, and shared language into action.
Trauma-Aware Schooling Conference
We're proud to partner with the Trauma-Aware Schooling Conference to explore the issues of complex childhood trauma and the need for trauma-aware practice in schools and early childhood education and care.
National Education Summit
We're proud to be partnering with The Education Show at the official exhibition of the National Education Summit. Come together as a community, share ideas, spend time collaborating and take a moment to refresh your passion for teaching away from the business of school.
MacKillop Family Services acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Elders in each of the communities where we work.