BE WISE SCHOOL ACCREDITATION
Become a Be Wise Accredited School in 5 Simple Steps
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Be Wise Accredited Schools Empower their Students to Make Wise Decisions
The Pat Cronin Foundation recognises Be Wise Schools for completing our 5 Step Accreditation. They receive a digital badge to showcase their commitment to ending social violence.
What makes a Be Wise School different?
Be Wise Schools are drivers of positive community change
Violence is a community problem that needs a community solution.
Your contribution is recognised and celebrated through accreditation.
Be Wise Schools are known for valuing a culture of violence prevention
Schools, families, and students all have a role to play.
Your accreditation conveys your commitment to current and future families.
Be Wise Schools make a public commitment to teaching life skills alongside academic skills
Your school’s accreditation shows a commitment to the whole student journey.
Be Wise Schools harness the power of the collective
Join other accredited schools. The more schools that become accredited, the stronger our voice becomes.
There are 5 Steps to Earning a Be Wise School Accreditation
Book a Be Wise Presentation
Share Pat’s story with your students
Start your accreditation journey by booking a thought-provoking presentation delivered by one of our presenters at your school.
We use Pat’s story to illustrate what can happen when faced with violence, and we discuss consequences for both victims and offenders.
- A unique opportunity to start tough conversations
- Suits all secondary school students
Contribute to Surveys
Help us evaluate attitudinal shifts
Get your students to participate in our surveys before and after the presentation.
Self-evaluation is a valuable part of the process of empowering students to recognise and assess their own attitudes and actions.
- No identifiable information is recorded or used
- Surveys are online and take less than 5 minutes
- Results contribute to our ongoing research into violence prevention and attitudes towards violence
Buy our Violence Prevention eLearning course
Take learning to the next level
Violence Prevention education becomes truly transformative with our engaging eLearning.
The five-lesson course is a purpose-built school resource that directly aligns with the Personal and Social Capability curriculum, with clear linkages to the Respectful Relationships outcomes in the Victorian curriculum.
Five valuable lessons:
- Consequence of Violence
- End the Coward Punch
- Managing Anger
- Risk Awareness and Avoidance
- Responding to Social Violence
Cost for full eLearning course: $495
- Unlimited usage across all year levels for 12 months
- We have produced this resource at low cost to ensure schools can afford to access and utilise it in their wellbeing programs across year multiple levels
Give us Feedback
Tell us how we went
Your feedback allows us to continually improve our message and reach more people, by sharing the experiences of others.
Some of our schools have provided testimonials from students, which are incredibly powerful.
Give feedback via either:
- Student and staff testimonials
- Completing the feedback form
- Submitting an online review
Spread the Word
Help us reach more kids
Complete your accreditation by giving other schools the opportunity to also contribute to change.
Tell your colleagues and network so we can share this important message with more students or community groups.
Spread the word by either:
- Introducing us to your sister schools, local school networks, other campuses, and teaching colleagues
- Inviting your associated community groups and sporting clubs to connect with us
When you’ve passed on a message like this, you might have just saved a young life.
Schools are accredited as Be Wise Schools for 12 months.
Your accreditation anniversary will be your eLearning purchase date. Accreditation is renewed when the eLearning is renewed.
Your School’s Digital Badge
Your school will receive a digital badge to use on your website, newsletters, wellbeing communications and other materials.
Your badge signifies your commitment empowering students to make wise decisions when faced with social violence.
We are proud to keep costs at a minimum to help schools become Be Wise accredited.
- Be Wise Presentation: fully funded
- Be Wise Violence Prevention eLearning: $495 for 12 months unlimited usage across all year levels
Your school’s only monetary investment is the cost of the eLearning resources.
Join other Be Wise Accredited Schools
Become a Be Wise School
Join over 200 High Schools that are on the journey to empower their students to make wise decisions.
Your questions answered
How much does accreditation cost?
The accreditation itself is no cost for schools. But part of becoming accredited is to use our Be Wise Violence Prevention eLearning with students. This purpose-designed school-wide resource costs only $495. With unlimited student usage over a 12 month period, and five eLessons to utilise across your chosen year levels, this is a high-value school resource.
When does my school become accredited?
When your school completes all five accreditation requirements, we date your accreditation from the purchase date of the Be Wise Violence Prevention eLearning course.
How does my school retain ongoing accreditation?
Your Be Wise School Accreditation is annually renewed when the Violence Prevention eLearning purchase is renewed for the subsequent year. Schools will also book an annual Be Wise Presentation, have students re-evaluate via our surveys, offer us feedback, and spread the word.
Why should schools ‘re-do’ the accreditation requirements every year?
Violence prevention education can’t be a ‘once-off’. To embed a culture of safety and care, the messages and lessons need to be re-visited while young people grow through developmental stages. Younger students entering their senior years will hear Pat’s story for the first time, while older students approaching adulthood may hear the right piece of information at the right time - it just may save their life, or the life of a mate. That’s why re-accreditation is not a repeat of last year’s activities - it’s a journey for a school, for the next student cohort, and for the community.
Does accreditation expire?
Accreditation is for a 12 month period. We’ll remind schools when the re-accreditation is due. If a school chooses not to renew their eLearning purchase to use for its next cohort, the school’s accreditation will cease.
Does a school need to do the steps in a set order?
Schools may approach the steps in the best way for the school and students. If that means buying the Violence Prevention eLearning early in the year to incorporate into Term 1 curriculum, but booking a Be Wise Presentation later in the year for the greater community, this still fulfills accreditation criteria.
How long does accreditation take?
The accreditation is a journey through the steps, so it will vary for each school:
- A presentation takes approximately an hour with one of our presenters.
- The five eLearning lessons each take approximately 20 - 30 minutes, and we suggest a further 15 minutes for discussion time. eLearning is flexible: use one lesson or use them all. Schools may structure the lesson usage depending on the personal development needs of each year level.
- Surveys take students less than 5 minutes to complete.
- Providing your feedback and spreading the word is in your hands! We appreciate the time you spend on these steps, as they help us improve our services and reach more young people.