Clifftop Education

Wellbeing education is systemic intervention in your children’s futures.
We can equip our teachers with tools to be resilient and effective practitioners, who then impact positively on their learners. In doing so our staffrooms become more sustainable and supportive environments, where learning and development is modelled.

When we build capacities of students, whānau and school staff together, we ensure that there are supportive systems in place for kids to thrive, even in the increasing complexity of life.

Clifftop Wellbeing provides a some set programmes for schools to consider – and can fully tailor a learning journey for a school, where needed. Sessions can be adjusted for any education institution – from ECE, to school, to university.

Short Workshops

Welcome to Wellbeing5-75 Minutes

An introductory workshop helping us understand what wellbeing & resilience are and how we can approach them.

How to Engage Pacific and Maori Ākonga45-75 Minutes

We explore why it’s harder to make progress with your marginalised learners and what you can do differently, according to science and experience.

Mindsets 145-75 Minutes

Learn about Professor Carol Dweck’s mindset proposition: what it is, how it applies to you, your life, your work, and your learners.

Mindsets 2 – Mindsets application45-75 Minutes

A deeper dive into practical applications of Mindsets to be more effective educators

Strengths science and practice45-75 Minutes

The science of “what is right with you”, and how to use it for yourselves and your students.

Wellbeing Science and Student Engagement2 Hours

Psychology has taught us a lot about how people are motivated and engaged. This knowledge is gold for an educator and should guide how you plan and teach more effectively.

Full-day Options

Positive Psychology and PERMA1 Day

The pioneers in wellbeing science have by and large come from Positive Psychology and Professor Martin Seligman’s PERMA Model is the most widely-used framework. Learn about PERMA, the science behind it and how to apply it.

Includes content from: Welcome to Wellbeing, Strengths Science and Practice & Mindset 1

Wellbeing beyond PERMA1 Day

An extended exploration of wellbeing research and applications to self and work. From Hope Theory to Self-Determination Theory, there are endless links to teacher & student wellbeing as well as teaching pedagogy and management practice.

Includes content from Wellbeing Science and Student Engagement.

Wellbeing Wānanga2 Day

We partner together to create an informative and transformative programme based on personal wellbeing and professional practice. Also woven in is Paul’s model for thriving from his masters: Life Navigation Theory. This programme also works well as an overnight noho marae experience, if you wish to tie in your local marae and incorporate tīkanga Māori as a backdrop to the learning.


Consulting & Advisory

We help you see and make meaning of the complexity surrounding your school, including identifying key levers for creating a connected and engaged learning community. Contact us for your first, free 30 minute consultation.

Coaching for Principals

Leading can be tough and trying. A monthly meeting with a wellbeing expert with a leadership background can help keep you at the top of the cliff.

Appreciative Inquiry

Are you finding it hard to bring your whole school onboard? Do you have complex problems and need a whole-community response? David Cooperider of Case Western Reserve University created a leading method for bringing teams together to create shared vision, drive and strategy for change. Contact us to find out how Appreciative Inquiry could be used in your school?

Wellbeing Audit

If you want to get a clearer picture of wellbeing in your school, we can generate a report with your help. This will involve a compact research project with methods that we’ll select depending on your community, ranging from observations to focus groups, surveys, interviews, and assessment. The report will contain suggestions for strategies to improve wellbeing in your school.