03. Program Achieve Secondary (years 7 – 10)


Annual Digital Subscription (GST inclusive)

A Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum

Program Achieve Secondary provides teachers access to digital activity plans and downloadable Teacher Guides, and Student Worksheets. This curriculum is deliberately designed to contain short, targeted activities delivered in 15 – 20 minute periods during the busy, timetabled secondary school day.

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Dr Michael E. Bernard and Andrea Strudwick

Target Audience

Teachers, school psychologists, counsellors and student wellbeing coordinators of students in year levels 7 – 10


“We are implementing the You Can Do It! Program Achieve and are loving the positive impact it is having on our girls.”
Daniel Aivaliotis-Martinez
Coordinator of Innovation and Learning, St Hilda’s College

5th Edition includes

Brain-based social-emotional learning activities developed by Tammy-Anne Caldwell, one of Australia’s leading educational neuroscience specialist teachers now incorporated into lessons.

why brain-based activities helps students learn

Understanding ‘how and why’ different learning tasks help or hinder the abilities of our students’ brains is enormously empowering as a teacher. To learn what neuroscience has revealed about how the brain influences students’ learning and discover the science behind the learning activities that form part of the You Can Do It! Education Program Achieve lessons read our technical report.

Program details

Best Practice Wellbeing Framework
YCDI! Social-Emotional Learning framework This framework developed by Michael Bernard and his colleagues addresses the aspects of the psychological functioning of young people that lead to poor learning, behaviour, social and emotional outcomes. Negative Attitudes and under-developed Character (values and strengths) help create five Social-Emotional Blockers. Additionally, the framework represents the Positive Attitudes and Character (values, strengths) that support five essential Social-Emotional Skills all contributing to positive outcomes.
Aligned with the ACARA Personal and Social Capability learning continuum
Each social-emotional learning activity addresses an aspect of the ACARA national curriculum’s Personal and Social Capabilities.
32 weekly activities
Organised to be delivered across four terms and cover the following topics:
  1. Achievement: Work Confidence (growth mindset), Persistence, Organisation and Teamwork
  2. Relationships: Values, Character Strengths and Getting Along Skills
  3. Wellbeing. Resilience and Happiness (self-awareness, self-management, ABCs of emotions, cognitive restructuring, mindfulness) and
  4. Social-Emotional Blockers: Anger, Not Paying Attention, Procrastination, Worry and Feeling Down (awareness and self-management).
Online Activity Plans
Each activity plan begins with a statement of Learning Intentions and Success Criteria followed by a lesson plan that includes the following elements:
  1. Background information for Teacher
  2. Share Learning Intentions and Success Criteria
  3. Present Learning Task
  4. Ask Discussion Questions
  5. Real Life Application
Flexibility of activity delivery
Activities take 20+ minutes of class time to present to students and can be offered flexibly throughout the school week in either Home Groups, personal and social development classes or health and physical education.
Research backed
Published research shows the benefits of this program on the resilience and wellbeing of primary-age students.


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