Learning Together - Growing Together

Found in: SCEA News | Published on: 01 February 2016

This year it is time for our bi-annual Christian education conference.  Whilst we shouldn’t underestimate the benefits of developing strong social bonds between education staff from our different schools, the Better Education Conference is not just a time to socialise – it is a time to learn together.

There is strong research evidence that collaborative professional development is more effective in contributing to improvements in student learning, motivation and outcomes that individual professional learning[1].

…the greatest influence on student progression in learning is having highly expert, inspired and passionate teachers and school leaders working together to maximise the effect of their teaching on all students in their care. There is a major role for school leaders: to harness the expertise in their schools and to lead successful transformations. There is also a role for the system: to provide the support, time and resources for this to happen. Putting all three of these (teachers, leaders, system) together gets at the heart of collaborative expertise [2].

John Hattie

The program for the Better Education Conference has been designed around our core belief that effective professional learning is fundamental to improved student learning and our desire to nurture a culture of continuous learning and growth amongst all staff.

You can expect a much sharper focus on teaching and learning this year. 

In addition to the challenging keynote addresses by James Nottingham, delegates will be able to choose from a range of specialist workshops including:

  • Managing Difficult Behaviours (with Kylie Bice)
  • Developing a Growth Mindset (with James Nottingham)
  • Being faithful - not boring - in how we teach the gospel (with Michael Raiter)
  • Differentiated teaching and learning: from learning difficulties to gifted and talented (with Kylie Bice)
  • Leading teaching and learnin (with Greg Whitby)
  • Planning for Nature-based Learning Experiences (with Samantha Wynne & Wendy Gorman)
  • Inquiry-based Learning in the Early Years (with Rebecca Duncan)
  • Leading improvement, innovation and change (with Greg Whitby)


This is the heart of the matter at the Better Education Conference 2016.

[1] Cordingley P, Bell M, Rundell B, Evans D. (2003). The impact of collaborative CPD on classroom teaching and learning. In: Research Evidence in Education Library.  London: EPPI-Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London.

[2] Hattie, John. (2015). What works best in education: The politics of collaborative expertise. London. Pearson.