"Schools can become self-improving learning organisations, with the ability to keep getting better."

Need to know

  • Simon specialises in creating practical frameworks and tools that educational leaders use to improve their practice
  • Created the Teaching Sprints method, and co-authored the book Teaching Sprints
  • Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales and advisor to NSW Department of Education on school leadership and curriculum reform
  • PhD in Education from the University of Cambridge, as a Gates Scholar
  • Founder of Strategic Schools, an organisation focused on system-wide change

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Dr Simon Breakspear is a researcher, advisor and speaker on educational leadership, policy and change. Simon develops frameworks and tools that make evidence-based ideas actionable and easy to understand. Over the last decade his capability building work has given him the opportunity to work with over 100,000 educators across more than 10 countries.

Simon is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at UNSW. He serves as an advisor to the NSW Department of Education and sits on an expert steering committee for the Australia Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). Simon received his BPsych (Hons) from UNSW, his MSc in Comparative and International Education from the University of Oxford and his PhD in Education from the University of Cambridge. Simon began his work in education as a high school teacher.

Learn more about Simon’s improvement partners with networks and systems around the world.

Papers & Publications

Teaching Sprints

How Overloaded Educators Can Keep Getting Better

Book published by Corwin Press (2021)

Visit the Teaching Sprints website and learn more about the book.

WISE (World Innovation Summit for Education):

Report on ‘Developing Agile Leaders of Learning: School leadership policy for dynamic times’. 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. View article >

How does PISA Shape Education Policy, Nov 2014:

Why how we measure learning determines what counts in education. Download PDF >

Talent Magnets, May 2009:

Attracting & Retaining Top Talent. Download PDF >

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