Berry Street Educational Model (BSEM)


The Berry Street Education Model (BSEM) provides strategies for teaching and learning that enables teachers to increase engagement of students with complex, unmet learning needs and to successfully improve all students’ self-regulation, relationships, wellbeing, growth and academic achievement. – Berry Street

We use BSEM strategies at Keilor Heights PS, to help students learn to notice the way their body is feeling and recognise whether or not they can achieve their personal best at that present moment. We cater for students’ needs with a range of different strategies to ensure they are ‘Ready to Learn’. If students aren’t ready to learn, they can use a Brain Break to help them to get ready. Brain Breaks come in two different forms: de-escalation strategies and energisers.


The Berry Street Education Model (BSEM) was developed by Berry Street to help strengthen educational outcomes for all students. It offers hope and healing for any student impacted by trauma and stress and enables all students to flourish when the school community is held to high expectations and when students receive support that best meets their individual goals.

Teachers also flourish when they are supported in their own learning, growth and wellbeing.

BSEM ensures that each classroom is strength-based and differentiated to meet the need of all. With this in mind, the following principles and values underpin BSEM at Powerstown ETNS

  • Strong relationships matter. Every student has an advocate.
  • Teachers make a difference.
  • Every lesson supports academic and emotional learning.
  • Learning is visible and all students can be successful.
  • The classroom is based on structure and support.
  • All students have opportunity to understand themselves and how they learn.

The BSEM is made up of five key domains.

Students at Powerstown ETNS now understand the language of BSEM. They are learning how to de-escalate, they are creating their own Ready to Learn Plans and they have developed respectful relationships with others.

Please ask your child or talk to their teacher if you would like examples of BSEM activities that are taught in our school.

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