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George Telford

Senior Consultant, Regional Project Manager (Oceania)

George Telford is the lead consultant for Challenging Learning in Australia and New Zealand. He leads early childhood settings, schools and networks through the Challenging Learning Process. He also supports a wide range of organisations with performance development, particularly in the areas of challenge, feedback, growth mindset, and developing a language of learning.

George is well-known for his outstanding work with principal and leadership teams. His experience built over 16 years as a principal in Victorian schools, together with his analysis and study of leadership, makes him a sought-after coach and mentor.

Having led the Challenging Learning Process in his own school as principal, as well as guiding schools through the process across Australia and New Zealand, George is in the perfect position to support and challenge. He is always happy to share advice and resources with schools about what worked; what didn’t; which are the most effective practices to engage with; and which pitfalls to avoid.

When George talks about learners, he is talking about all learners – from the youngest child to the most experienced member of staff. His mantra for education is based on knowing your impact; helping learners to become metacognitive so that they can influence their own learning; always encouraging growth and progress; and gradual, relentless improvement – all supported with determination and gentle good humour.

George Telford

Senior Consultant, Regional Project Manager (Oceania)

George Telford is the lead consultant for Challenging Learning in Australia and New Zealand. He leads early childhood settings, schools and networks through the Challenging Learning Process. He also supports a wide range of organisations with performance development, particularly in the areas of challenge, feedback, growth mindset, and developing a language of learning.

George is well-known for his outstanding work with principal and leadership teams. His experience built over 16 years as a principal in Victorian schools, together with his analysis and study of leadership, makes him a sought-after coach and mentor.

Having led the Challenging Learning Process in his own school as principal, as well as guiding schools through the process across Australia and New Zealand, George is in the perfect position to support and challenge. He is always happy to share advice and resources with schools about what worked; what didn’t; which are the most effective practices to engage with; and which pitfalls to avoid.

When George talks about learners, he is talking about all learners – from the youngest child to the most experienced member of staff. His mantra for education is based on knowing your impact; helping learners to become metacognitive so that they can influence their own learning; always encouraging growth and progress; and gradual, relentless improvement – all supported with determination and gentle good humour.

As well as his in-school consultancy and leadership work, George is also an excellent keynote speaker and workshop leader. If you need a presenter who challenges, engages, amuses, and encourages delegates to think about their practice without a bag of guilt to weigh them down, then George is your man! He has a well-deserved reputation for his warm, engaging and thought-provoking style that leads to observable impact in the classroom and staffroom alike.

Taking the step out of school and into full-time consultancy with Challenging Learning was something George hadn’t envisaged until he saw the deep, significant gains made by all learners in his school as a result of the processes we use. He wanted to share these approaches further afield and is always delighted when school reviewers acknowledge the effect on student progress and staff engagement in the schools, TAFEs and early childhood centres he has supported. That’s his true motivation in education – to play his part in helping all learners (staff and students) to flourish.

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