Program Overview


Emeritus Professor Guy Claxton and Professor Michael Anderson are our Keynote Speakers on Sunday, October 8. These highly gifted academics will connect delegates to what it takes to help boys become not only designers of their learning but empathetic, courageous, and critically aware leaders. Day 1 also includes Parallel Keynotes with Professor Guy Claxton, Andrew Douch, and Ray McLean (Leading Teams). You will have a chance to attend two of our three interactive Lightning Sessions, rounding out the academic part of our day.

09.00amRegistration [CLL]
Morning Tea
09.45amConference Opening
10.00amOpening Keynote
Professor Guy Claxton The Learning Power Approach: Teaching boys to teach themselves
11.15amParallel Keynotes
Professor Guy Claxton The learning power classroom
Mr Ray McLean Boys to Men: The importance of learning leading
Mr Andrew Douch Redefining classrooms
12.20pmLightning Session 1
Professor Michael Anderson Transforming schools: Leading and learning in uncertain times
15.10pmParallel Keynotes
Professor Guy Claxton The learning power classroom
Mr Ray McLean Boys to Men: The importance of learning leading
Mr Andrew Douch Redefining classrooms
16.10pmLightning Session 2
16.45pmCocktails & BoyTales
Social event for all delegates

Cocktails & BoyTales [included in your registration]
The first day ends with a wonderfully relaxed event in which a few surprises are planned. As you sip on a refreshing cocktail or glass of bubbly or sample a craft beer, enjoy the cool breeze wafting across the Quad. Chat to our speakers while sampling an array of substantial entrees. But look out! You may find yourself gazing into a 4C-able future.


Monday kicks off with an award winning Drum Line to introduce Corporal Mark Donaldson VC. You will be touched by Mark’s story, integrating the themes of our Conference easily into his life experiences. As a dynamic follow up to Corporal Donaldson’s engaging Keynote, Dr Gordon Paterson will share his research and experiences teaching and coaching boys in his address, Boys to Men: Developing competence and self-belief through human movement.  After morning tea, Dr Kristy Goodwin’s address is on Technology and testosterone followed by our final  Lightning Session of the Conference.  Lunch break is followed by Andrew Douch’s inspirational Keynote On the cusp of an Education Revolution, a practical approach to learning today in developing leaders for tomorrow. We complete this wonderful conference with a Headmasters’ Panel in which YOU get a chance to pose ideas/ questions. A movie short of the Conference will end the day; something you can share with your colleagues as part of your professional learning feedback.

8.15amRegistration [CLL]
08.45am for 9.00amKeynote
Corporal Mark Donaldson VC Legacy for a lifetime
Dr Gordon Paterson Boys to Men: Developing competence and self-belief through human movement
10.50amMorning Tea
11.25amLightning Session 3
Dr Kristy Goodwin Technology and testosterone
Mr Andrew Douch On the cusp of an Education Revolution
14.50pmHeadmasters' Panel - Leading Learning
Chaired by Chris Bradbury, Director of Teaching & Learning at The King’s School, the Headmasters’ Panel will include leading educational thinkers Tony George, Phillip Heath and Jonathan Hensman. Within a Q & A format, discussion will centre on issues relating to boys and education, focussing on the challenges our education system faces in preparing young men to be the future leaders our nation needs. Be inspired as these three educators tackle the challenges.
15.30pmConference Wrap Up

NBEC 2017 has NESA approval.  Attending this two-day conference will contribute 12 hours of QTC Registered Professional Learning addressing standards 1.1.2, 2.5.2,  3.2.2,  4.1.2,  5.1.2, 6.1.2,  6.2.2, 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation for NSW teachers.

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