When you think back to all the students you have taught – there are some who just stand out as being exceptional, brilliant. There are also a whole group of others who enjoyed great success and superior achievement in your classroom. What is it about these students that made them so successful? Do they actually have a ‘gift’ that others don’t have?

For decades, the fields of education and psychology have debated the concept of giftedness and argued about what ‘talent’ is – and even whether it actually exists. In the last few years, a powerful and surprising story has begun to emerge from the scientific research. The highest achieving students in each of our schools are ‘gifted’ – but not in the way we might have first thought.

In his keynote, David Bott will share the latest scientific thinking and evidence, gathered locally and globally, as to what causes student achievement and how we, as front-line educators, can shape our classrooms to offer every student the opportunity to flourish. Specific examples highlighting how teachers are applying these ideas will be demonstrated and discussed. Delegates will be encouraged to reflect upon how they may most effectively apply the concepts within their own unique school setting. 

About David
David Bott is Head of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School, where he has worked since 2013. David leads a team of teachers in the delivery of the Positive Education curriculum across the School’s primary and senior campuses, and is responsible for overseeing the Positive Education curriculum from ELC – 12, including explicit wellbeing lessons, dedicated focus days, pastoral care tutorials and weaving key wellbeing concepts into existing academic curriculum. 

An inspiring educator, both in and out of the classroom, David is passionate about highlighting the impact of positive teacher-student relationships on learning and dedicated to supporting schools in developing, implementing and embedding Positive Education programmes. David has delivered training to schools and organisations in Asia, Europe, The Middle East, Australia and the USA. In 2013, David returned to Australia after five years in the UK, where he was Head of Psychology at Aldenham School in the United Kingdom and co-authored ‘Teach Positive: Applying the Science of Positive Psychology in the Classroom'. David loves music and has recently had a number of dance tracks released by independent international record labels. David has completed post-graduate studies in Education at The University of Melbourne and in Psychology at Charles Sturt University.  In 2014, David completed the Professional Certificate in Positive Education at the University of Melbourne and has subsequently lectured into this programme. David lives with his wife and son on the Corio campus of Geelong Grammar School.

About: The Institute of Positive Education
The Institute of Positive Education is an initiative by Geelong Grammar School aimed at improving student wellbeing.

Our primary role is to deliver transformational educational programmes to promote wellbeing throughout the world. We aim to teach students valuable life skills on which they can increase their learning capacity and build a successful and happy life.

The Institute is also dedicated to nurturing the growth of Positive Education through the provision of training, research and development.