Carrum Downs Secondary College

Where Every Student Grows

Berry Street Educational Model

In 2024, Carrum Downs Secondary College  implemented The Berry Street Education Model (BSEM). BSEM is a practical approach to teaching and learning that enables teachers to increase engagement with students with complex, unmet learning needs and successfully improve all students’ self-regulation, growth and academic achievement. The pedagogical strategies incorporate evidence-based trauma-aware teaching, positive education, and wellbeing practices.

The Model originates from Berry Street’s 140-year history of supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged children to thrive. Over the past 15 years, the range of services has expanded to include providing alternative education for young people who are affected by experiencing or witnessing trauma.

The five domains of the Berry Street Education Model correspond with child-development capacities that each student must build in order to be ‘ready to learn’. When considering how to best meet the needs of students, we focus on building self-regulatory ability, relational capacity and then nurture willingness to engage in learning. Working together, BSEM helps us strengthen our whole of school approach to build consistency and predictability across all classrooms throughout the school.