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.