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Student wellbeing underpins all education. Our pastoral care aims to enhance well-being, and leads to better academic achievement, reduced anxiety and more engaged and meaningful lives for students.

What is Positive Education?

Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.

University of Pennsylvania, Positive Psychology Center


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The King’s College Positive Education curriculum includes the following four main student objectives:

1. Learn to take active responsibility for your own behaviour.

2. Develop and share first rate information about why we do what we do. 

3. Generate lasting solutions to fundamental problems.

4. Learn by acting and reflecting to generate knowledge.

The aims of Positive Education are:

• To develop emotional resiliency and well-being in our students and staff.

• To develop confidence, optimism and curiosity.

• To develop independent thinking and self-determination.

• To develop depth of character.

• To develop mindfulness, awareness, psychological flexibility, and habits of mind.

• To develop an ethical and compassionate approach to living.

• To develop staff as practitioners of Positive Education.

• To develop ‘virtuousness’ in our school.

• To support departments’ curriculum goals.

• To support functional cross-discipline links.

Developing and strengthening well-being to enable our students to flourish in a complex world.

PE@K Vision Statement


For more information on Positive Education at King’s please contact:

Head of Positive Education
Grant McKibbin