Think outside of the Box

Had the great privilege to work with School Leaders at a brilliantly organised Conference at the CTLI Centre in Kuilsriver Cape Town.

What a joy to see such enthusiasm and drive by a group of leaders.  Despite all the pressure on School Leadership Team, they continue to make a difference.  Now, our challenge is get them to start leading ….OUT of the BOX!


Think outside of the Box


Had the great joy of presenting at the SAOU School Leadership Team training.

I challenged leaders to base their leadership on Mind Brain Education Science research and not bureaucratic compliance – for the sake of our clients – the children of South Africa.

A lot of the presentation is based on the stunning world of Prof Michael Fullan (expert in System Change) , Dr Tracey Tacuhama-Espinosa (Neuroscientist) and Prof Pasi Sahlsberg (Policy Advisor in Finland).

If school leaders continue to play the Compliance Game at the cost of children, we will have a disaster.  We have to Engage the World – to Change the World. The best place to make it happen is …. in the schools – our Circle of Influence!

Click on the link below for the PDF version of the Key slides of the presentation.

Think out of the BOX SAOU June 2019  (PDF)

Outstanding Article by Dr Eric Jensen that he shared on his blog recently.  Worth reading. Click on the PDF Link below



Had the honour to present at the EDEN and CENTRAL Karoo Education District conference on DIVERSITY: “Schools – A Home for All”.

What an amazing group of educators and model leaders who are moving and shaking education in the province.

We got them dancing, moving and applying brain-based education in order to understand how important it is to create a space where students are SAFE and have a sense of BELONGING.

A summary of the presentation is below.  Please click on the PDF link.

PDF LINK: Empathy & Belonging 2018

Afternoon Express SABC3

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Afternoon Express catches up with the Sun Valley Primary principal with a no-homework policy.

When we think of school, we usually think of homework. However, one school in Cape Town is adopting a no-homework policy and the results have been fantastic. We speak to Gavin Keller, the principal at Sun Valley Primary whose new policy asks learners to spend 20 minutes after school to read a novel or graphic novel and homework would not be set.

The idea is that school sometimes forces children to forget what’s fun about being a kid. This is why there is a strong focus on extracurricular activities which create the much-needed break from theoretics that learners go through every day.


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The Six Houses of Emotions above are adapted from Adele Lynne book, The EQ Difference. Use this chart in your home and class to assist children develop the Emotional Literacy necessary to express their emotions using words.

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Success – depends on generating a high self-value while setting high expectations.

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This requires an EXCEL approach.

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Zip the Crocodile

A great joy to address a gathering of interested people in Somerset West on Thursday evening.


Learning to teach children how to make their Survival Brain (the crocodile) feel safe and their Elephant (Limbic brain) feel a sense of belonging, helps them to gain access into their pre-frontal cortex, the CEO of our lives.

The full presentation is below.  Click on the PDF below

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