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 1000 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.

 

 

 

 

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