From the Head of the Crowther Centre – Dr Ray Swann 


Most boys in Secondary School have now finalised assessments, tests and units of work. The temptation for many is to take a look at the result, form a quick view (the teacher liked/didn’t like me, I’m good/not good at Maths) and move on.

In reality, we need to slow things down and allow both time and space to make connections between the feedback and the assessment. A result isn’t really about the number; it represents how much was known – it is a waypoint rather than a destination.  We all know stories of boys who seem to fly academically and some who don’t find their way until later. No matter where your son is at, reflection is a vital part of the learning cycle.   

This week and next, the boys are engaged in examination feedback followed by coaching and evaluation. Using a new thinking tool based on the New Zealand online assessment program e-asTTle, students reflect on their work and then take this into a conversation with their tutor in a coaching session.

Coaching for students has been found to help the boys attain their goals, increase their resilience and engagement and reduce anxiety (Grant, 2019).

If you would like to know more about routines for reflection and how coaching works, please contact me here at the School.


Understanding Boys Podcasts 

Tune in to hear Dr Ray Swann talk with the Head of Research at the Centre for Positive Psychology at The University of Melbourne – Professor Dianne Vella-Brodrick about her work, including Bio Dash, a world first program that is being tested with Brighton Grammar students, using biofeedback to improve performance, develop mindfulness and stress-management strategies.