Following on from David’s keynote on The Science of Achievement, this workshop will allow teachers to consider and discuss the powerful and surprising story of student achievement which is emerging from the scientific research.

Participants will be presented with practical examples which they could introduce into their teaching practices and into their classrooms to enhance the growth and development of their students.  The major Positive Education concepts of Growth Mindsets, Grit and Hope Theory will all be explained and discussed in depth. Opportunities will exist for participants to explore different strategies and to share their own tips and techniques for nurturing students’ levels of achievement.

“So what is the ‘best-kept secret to success? Looking at the most successful people in the world, we see three components to their success – optimism, passion, and hard work.” 
Dr Tal Ben-Shahar
Positive Education: The Geelong Grammar School Journey, 2015


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.