Luke Bristow

Testimonials


We have been working on a 4C’s approach to school transformation, these being Creativity, Critical Reflection, Communication and Collaboration. We have also been using a generative dialogue approach to enhance agency across the school. Collaborative response approach fits in well in our transformational journey. As a result we have articulated our non-negotiables/expectations across every classroom and this has led to us redeveloping our learning and wellbeing framework so that it compliments and reflects our 4 tiers of CR supports. We were interested in positively impacting the silent masses, those students who are under the radar and hence their lack of growth was not effectively addressed. The CR approach, especially with its tiers of supports, is allowing us to focus on those tier 1 & 2 classroom supports/practices to achieve this. It is early days but we are talking about students we have never focused on before and strategizing for their growth. This is exciting. Being a High School we are experimenting with meeting frequencies as we have 6 year groups and 10 weeks per term. We are also experimenting with inviting the wellbeing team to each meeting so they can inform/collaborate with staff about learning plans and external supports that are in place at tiers 3 and 4. We are adapting from and to many of the ideas and structures we have learned about thus far but most importantly our biggest take out is that CR is about empowering Teams of teachers to work together to improve learning outcomes. This is simple to say, complicated to facilitate but worth the effort as it is very powerful in practice.

Luke Bristow

Deputy Principal

Murwillumbah High School - New South Wales, Australia