Developing emotional intelligence

At different points in our life, emotional intelligence (EI) will often be more important than our intellectual intelligence.

Some teenagers fare better in the social world than others and there is growing evidence that continuing development in social and emotional development can also have a substantial impact on academic achievement.

EI is a new programme at St Paul’s Collegiate School designed to teach Year 9, 10 and 11 students a set of skills that will help them to interact and build better relationships with each other.

These skills help our students to perceive, understand, express, reason and manage their own emotions; recognise emotions in others; and learn how to adjust their behaviour to act accordingly. This life skill is commonly used for training in the workplace, but we believe this is a skill best taught before entering the workforce.

At each of the year levels, students complete a Swinburne University Emotional Intelligence Test (SUEIT), used to assess the student’s level of EI. This in turn helps us to identify individual strengths and weaknesses, track development over the course of the programme and provide targeted support and interventions.

Currently we are the only secondary school in the country offering an EI programme to students.