The wrong tool.

Would you continue to use a Phillips head screwdriver on a standard screw if it didn’t get the job done?  You wouldn’t would you?  You’d change tools.  Right? So, when exactly do we start questioning our obsession with Behaviour Management programs? Countless times now, we in schools, have spent enormous tracts of time and buckets…

A White Paper for our Special Few

This Friday in Melbourne we’ll be running our FREE 2-hour “Leading Whole School Behaviour Improvement” seminar at 8am.  We’re following up in Sydney next Friday as well. Each School Leader in attendance will receive a White Paper titled “Improving Student Behaviour … Made Slightly Less Difficult” that will outline the thinking, the practices, the language and the…

Does the size of the class matter?

Just like a change in the weather, the media have changed their focus again to re-examine an old issue in education that allows them to compare our performance against other OECD countries. This time it’s to look at the impact of resourcing on our schools and more specifically, class sizes and teacher-student ratios. Like nearly…

What’s gone wrong?

For all of our efforts, for all of our policy re-writes and for all the PD we’ve booked – why are we still struggling with student behaviour challenges? For all of the programs we’ve implemented, for all of the matrices we’ve built and for all of the values we’ve defined – why are our teachers still struggling…

We’re heading for Sydney

The overwhelming reaction that we’ve had to our FREE 2-hour Melbourne event titled “Leading Whole School Behaviour Improvement” wasn’t just about the crazy number of leaders who’ve already registered.   It was also about the NSW School Leaders who screamed back at us “Why can’t we have this?!”  You northern types really need to get…

Thinking it through.

I’ve just registered to be a marshall at the Melbourne incarnation of the School Strike 4 Climate on Friday 20th September. And, at Real Schools, we’d like to encourage all of our partner, member and network schools to support their students in taking part. I’m not helping out because I’m some ‘bleeding heart leftie’ who’s…

Can you spare two hours?

We have a problem with student behaviour in Australian schools and the ways we’ve been tackling it have failed miserably. The program dependent approach to improving student behaviour has exhausted our teachers, stunted the emotional growth of our students and befuddled parents. And so, rather than flog you another program, I’ve decided to do something…

This stuff really works!

Since starting at Real Schools, the three most common questions that people ask me are; What do you do? Do you love it? Why did you step away from a job you loved? The first two questions are relatively straight forward to answer, I partner with schools to bring about long term cultural change and…

Disappointment.

I have the privilege of meeting dozens of Australia’s outstanding Principals in my travels to visit our Real Schools Partner Schools. Occasionally, one of these remarkable people says something that gets right under my skin. And so it was last week when I was chatting with Grovedale College Principal, Janet Matthews. We were discussing the…