STEP UP has been designed to help Year 7 and Year 8 students become their best. Through STEP UP, students are enabled to build a solid foundation for their success.

This process seeks to help students:

  • develop an understanding of growth mindsets and neuroplasticity;
  • use evidence-based practices for setting goals
  • develop healthy habits; and,
  • establish and nurture healthy relationships.

A significant number of junior secondary school students experience disengagement, dips in educational attainment and underachievement in their first 2 years (Eccles, Wigfield & Schiefele, 2001; Pendergast, 2009; Blackwell, Trzesniewski & Dweck, 2007). STEP UP is our way of helping schools be proactive in combatting this issue- laying the foundation for success at this critical stage of schooling.

Through STEP UP, we bring to your school the best research from psychology, neuroscience and education for junior secondary students, and combine it with pedagogy that engages young learners and inspires action.

“A really dynamic presentation with a fabulous balance and variety of activities- which were expertly connected to the core messages. Very powerful in engaging our students, and making it real and relevant to them.”
— Berni Sligar- Middle School Coordinator- Brigidine College, Indooroopilly.
Presenters were engaging, approachable and pitched the presentation at our year 7’s well. The messages were well received by our students.
— Chris Humphrys- Transition Coordinator- Padua College, Kedron.
This program makes a difference in unlocking the potential of our youngest students.
— Ken Ernst- Deputy Principal, Maroochydore State High School.
Fantastic program. Excellent to see all students actively participating. Students were highly engaged and had a lot to take away.
— Teacher- Toogoolawah SHS


This is a highly engaging, interactive and evidence-based incursion for year 7 or year 8 students, delivered by Unleashing Personal Potential. STEP UP includes the incursion and follow-up material in the form of UPP's THRIVE online lesson modules (Series 1) and the UPPMGW survey.


 There are two different delivery options for STEP UP for schools to ensure great outcomes for all students. 

  • Whole cohort for a whole day (up to 180 students from a single cohort).
  • 2 x half days with each half of the cohort (for groups of 150-360 students)

To make things easy for schools, this engaging and transformative incursion is run at your school (in your school hall, or similar), uses a learning, action, reflection process and can usually be tailored to fit in with your regular bell times.

The investment for STEP UP is $15+GST/student (minimum $1,800+GST, plus travel expenses from Brisbane- if applicable). It is best suited to Term 2 or Term 3, after students are settled in to the school year.

We request that the staff who supervise the STEP UP sessions are those who have a continued interest or responsibility for the wellbeing / learning  / development of the cohort. Ideally, they will be the form / core teachers who will be delivering the follow-up material to the students.

“Dynamic, highly engaging, relevant and meaningful to our students and staff. I highly recommend Luke and the UPP team.”
— Wayne Chapman- Deputy Principal- Mary MacKillop College.
Students were engaged throughout this fun-filled session, with lots of learning.
— Joe Miranda- Year 7 Pastoral Leader- St Eugene College, Burpengary.

Further Praise for UPP

"The program and activities immediately took all of our students out of their comfort zone, challenging them physically, emotionally and intellectually. Presenters very quickly established great rapport and respect. Awesome." Andrew Willis- Year Coordinator- Yeppoon SHS

"Our UPP program was heavily activity based, delivered with intensity and humour which kept our students engaged throughout the day. Our students are extremely diverse culturally, racially and socio-economically yet this program was able to reach every single student." Martin Wiseman- Assistant Principal- St James College.

"This was an excellent day! The activities were great, the information is relevant and it is so valuable in the lives of our students." Laura Finn- Pastoral Leader- Trinity College, Beenleigh

"Memorable, engaging, motivating, challenging, thought-provoking. The UPP whole day workshop had it all. The integration and presentation of research to support the commentary was received extremely well by students and staff. The format of the day carefully sequenced to intersperse high-energy parts with reflective counterparts. Every person walked away with a unique ‘take-home’ memory to give further thought." Natasha Podoliak- Director of Middle Schooling- Brisbane Boys College.

"Great presence and inspiring content led to high student engagement throughout. The mix of presentation methods kept student attention." Nerelle Goodwin- Teacher- Assumption College, Warwick.

"A great combination of input and activities that were relevant to students. Very engaging." Teacher- Mt Maria College, Mitchelton

"The content delivered is extremely important and the mixture of presentation methods kept all of the students engaged." Angeline Anthony- Teacher- Varsity State College.

"Great presentation. Excellent variety between theory and activity. Engaging and relevant." Anthony Hayward- House Master- St Joseph's, Gregory Terrace.

"Activities were really good- students were engaged and thoroughly enjoying themselves." Teacher- Pimpama State  College

“Very professional, engaging and interactive. It was such a great experience and (two weeks later) the students have not stopped talking about it!” Danielle Kelly, Year Coordinator, St Eugene College, Burpengary

"Excellent points made with a great mix of information and activities. Resources to support the course are well developed too." Andrew Duncan- Year 7 teacher- Padua College, Kedron.

"A great mix of information giving and physical activities to illustrate the point being made. Student were engaged from the outset, until the end." Teacher- St Benedicts College, Mango Hill.


To ensure a whole community approach to positive change, UPP can deliver staff professional development and parent education, to support the STEP UP program.

Contact us today to work out the best model for your school.

Unleashing Personal Potential helps every school student become their best by building resilience, wellbeing and leadership. In-school training, staff PD and online resources provide schools with an evidence-based and engaging solution.