Dr Paul Browning
Dr Paul Browning (PhD, MEdAdmin (Hons), BEd, DipTeach) has been a Headmaster for 20 years. His first appointment was as the founding principal at Burgmann Anglican School in the ACT where he also served as the Chair of the Association of Independent Schools ACT and on the Board of the Independent Schools Council of Australia. During his time at Burgmann, the school’s student population grew from 24 to 1500, across two campuses.
In 2008 Dr Browning was appointed as Headmaster of St Paul’s School. Upon his arrival, Paul led St Paul’s School through a major restructure to create a unique middle management model designed to coach and develop teachers in key 21st century pedagogies.
Paul is passionate about creativity and innovation in learning; a passion that led to the opening of the School’s Centre for Research, Innovation and Future Development www.thecentreonline.com.au Since 2013, leaders from more than 150 schools in Australia and New Zealand have visited St Paul’s to learn from the work it is doing.
Paul’s other passion is leadership and school culture. He believes that trust is the fundamental resource for successful leadership and a healthy school culture. His PhD research into the practices that engender trust was nominated for an outstanding thesis award and won an Executive Dean’s commendation from Queensland University of Technology. He is the author of “Compelling Leadership: The importance of trust and how to get it” (Apple iBooks).
“Compelling Leadership should be pinned to every CEOs Desk”
(David Price OBE),
“Rarely does a book about leadership come along that is practical and inspiring. Compelling Leadership has both of these”
(Professor Alma Harris).
The work on leadership led Paul to be invited by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK’s Sutton Trust to speak at a 2014 global summit of educational leaders in Washington DC. Attendants at the summit endorsed his work, rating it as a powerful and practical method to improve school culture and teacher performance. Since then he has worked with the Center for Teaching Quality in the US, the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, principals across Australia, Canada and the UK and has contributed to Dame Alison Peacock’s (UK) new book, “Assessment for Learning Without Limits”.
Paul has published numerous journal articles and is a peer reviewer for research articles on leadership for the International Journal of Leadership in Education. He is a sort after after speaker at conferences, both nationally and internationally, and has led workshops on leadership for over 2000 school leaders and CEOs.
In 2017 St Paul’s School was listed amongst the Top 40 most innovative schools in Australia, and Paul was listed in the Top 50 most influential people in education. In 2018 St Paul’s was recognised by Cambridge University as one of the top 100 most innovative learning organisations in the world and at the inaugural Australian Education Awards Paul was awarded best non-government school principal and the school won three awards: best innovation in curriculum, best professional development program, and best strategic plan.
- “I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it” (Swindoll). A good reminder for the busy end of the year
Conferences and Workshops
|Ignite, Innovate, Integrate Conference: “Compelling Leadership”||August 2017|
|Lutheran Principals Australia: “Compelling Leadership” 3 hour workshop||July 2017|
|CEO Institute Syndicate: “Compelling Leadership: Building cultures for innovation”||June 2017|
|Independent Schools Queensland: “The Future of Education”||June 2017|
|Adolescent Success Australia: “Compelling Leadership” workshops||February-August 2017|
|Adolescent Learners Conference, Singapore: Building a Culture of Trust||August 2016|
|Innovation Café Brisbane Event: Scenario Planning||August 2016|
|AISNSW Primary School Conference: The Future of Education||August 2016|
|North Queensland Catholic Education Conference: “Compelling Leadership”: One day workshop facilitator||March 2016|
|Australian Council of Education (ACE): “Futures Planning: The school of 2028.”||September 2015|
|International Confederate of Principals, Helsinki, Finland: “Why Trust the Head?”||August 2015|
|Engaged Learners Summit, QUT: “Why Trust the Head?”||July 2015|
|EduTech Conference, Brisbane: “Why Trust the Head?”||June 2015|
|International Summit on Teacher Professional Learning and Development, Washington DC: “Why Trust the Head?”||November 2014|
|Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA): “Why Trust the Head?”||August 2014|
|Association of Independent Schools South Australian (AISSA): “Creating a performance and development culture.”||2013|
|Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL): “Why Trust the Head?”||2013|
|Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ): “Driving Student Improvement.”||2011|