Meet Simon Breakspear
Dr Simon Breakspear is known internationally for helping educational leaders navigate disruptive change, develop innovation capabilities and drive continuous improvement for better learning.
Simon is a Research Fellow of the Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change at The Education University of Hong Kong, and the Executive Director of the leadership development organisation Agile Schools. He has advised and spoken to school and system leaders in over 10 countries.
Simon holds Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Teaching, a Masters of International and Comparative Education from the University of Oxford and a PhD in education from the University of Cambridge. Simon began his work in education as a high school teacher in Sydney.
In the Media & Publications
The Educator: The Educator’s 2016 Hot List lists Dr. Breakspear as a leader in education. View article >
Centre for Strategic Education: Occasional Paper, ‘Agile Implementation – Learning how adopting an agile mindset can help leaders achieve meaningful progress in student learning. Purchase paper >
Canadian Education Association: Bottoms Up – How innovative change starts with frontline educators. View article >
Principal Connections Magazine, Fall 2016: Embracing an agile mindset. Download PDF >
Asian Leadership Summit
We have worked in partnership with the English Schools Foundation over 4 years to build an incubator for leadership talent in the Asia Pacific Region.
Curated and facilitated by Simon Breakspear, the Asian Leadership Summit has involved leading educational thinkers such as Prof. Alma Harris and Prof. Yong Zhao. Held annually this event has become a gathering place for educational change leaders throughout Asia and the Pacific region.
New Pedagogies for Deep Learning
Our team supports the work of 80 schools across Victoria involved with New Pedagogies for Deep Learning program.
Click below to watch a collection of short videos where Simon discusses how to foster improvement and innovation in learning.
Dr Simon Breakspear was invited to present by the Ontario Principals Council at this Leadership Symposium in August 2015. Part of his presentation included this short pre-recorded keynote on ‘Innovation for Better Learning’.
Simon’s presentation was precise and thought provoking. His clarion communication skills are exemplar. He met and exceeded our expectations in every aspect. We feel fortunate to have the benefit of his expertise.
Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission
On behalf of the International Baccalaureate, I would like you to extend our sincere gratitude to Simon for his contribution to all the sessions he engaged in. His professionalism, preparation and insight are admirable and he made a deep impression on participants. His role as a moderator in the panel was simply fantastic, facilitating a meaningful discussion for heads of school.
Academic Consultant – IB Africa, Europe & Middle East
International Baccalaureate Organisation
Working with Simon was an experience that I will always look upon as transformational. Simon’s goal was to empower us to take charge and become change agents to lead a collective vision of learning at our school.
Director of Learning Enhancement
Simon has brought extraordinary benefit to our strategic planning process. He is an outstanding facilitator of process; however, it is his breadth of knowledge regarding global educational thought and practice, and the razor-sharp acuity with which he is able to clarify issues that lift his contributions into the highest echelons. I have no hesitation recommending his work.
Working with Simon is the safest way to make sure a high profile, ambitious event for school leaders breaks new ground and leaves people wanting more. From the start of the planning, through to the post-event and follow-up, Simon took charge, covered every detail small and large, and delivered one of the most compelling, engaging, and provocative global workshop we’ve run.
Nobody can engage, challenge, provoke, and entertain a room full of school leaders like Simon Breakspear. Having him lead our program ensured our education partners were taken on a journey they will never forget. Simon knows his stuff, knows people, and knows how to merge the two together to create magic. It’s a pleasure to work with him.
Director of Education, Teaching & Learning Strategy
Simon thank you for a very informative, productive and thought provoking day. Your presentation was engaging and my lightbulb moment. I have already gone back to work looking at things in a new way. Your theory behind the change for better learning is one that I will be working on in my role as a leader in all areas of my life professionally and personally.
Epping West Public School
I can’t remember enjoying a keynote more. The room was buzzing. My faculty have come away enthused and his presentation was both well informed and practical.
Maitland Grossmann High School
Through our partnership with Simon and the dynamic processes he employs, we were able to accelerate a pathway to school improvement especially in the area of learning design.
Simon’s collaborative approach to working with teams sweeps in a broad range of views resulting in greater levels of coherence and depth.
Mr Breakspear’s presentations were outstanding, pertinent, engaging and contextually ‘on the money’. The subject matter was incredibly relevant but it was probably the efforts Simon went to in building a theme of ‘effective planning’ and change management that most impressed.
Barrenjoey High School
Simon is exceptional in his approach and revolutionary in his ideas for education. He is a great asset to any organisation, looking to gain a refreshing and cutting-edge perspective in improving education.
Organiser of World Educational Leadership Summit 2015
Inspiring, compelling, thought-provoking, humorous…truly, one of the best keynotes I have ever heard!
Teacher & Conference Attendee
The feedback I received was overwhelmingly positive. Simon thoroughly engaged the audience and set the tone for the whole conference. I couldn’t have asked for more.
President of NSW/ACT Educate Plus
Simon’s keynote presentation was very well received by our international audience of development professionals, education innovators and policy makers. His unique combination of expertise in education systems reform, pedagogy and technology helped us think through the effective use of ICT for education in developing countries. Simon impressed with his dynamism and thoughtful answers to audience questions, which were grounded in a practical emphasis on learning outcomes.
Organiser of 2015 All Children Reading Innovators Summit
World Vision Australia