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We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. Roosevelt

Clive with Waverley College Y10 ‘Discover Your Strengths’ workshop

Positive Education programs are designed to add value to existing professional development initiatives and the education curriculum. The purpose is to introduce evidence-based activities, including coaching,  that contribute to increasing levels of resilience, hope, goal striving for the learning community with resulting benefits for engagement, performance and achievement.

With a teaching qualification from the University of London Institute of Education and 10 years experience as a head of youth and community education services, Clive is uniquely placed to deliver interventions designed to introduce the fields of evidence-based coaching and positive psychology to education professionals, business teams, students and young people within schools, colleges, universities and community-based youth work programs.

Clive’s peer-reviewed paper ‘Flourishing Youth Provision - The role of positive psychology & coaching in enhancing youth services’ was published in the International Journal of Evidenced-based Coaching & Mentoring Vol.9 (1). Clive presented at The First Australian Positive Education Conference held in Sydney in July 2013. In conjunction with Bangkok Patana International School Clive shared his experience of working with Patana since 2011 on a range of positive psychology interventions designed to enhance the well-being and achievement of the school leadership, faculty, students and parents. You can read about some of his recent 2014 and 2015 work in China with BISS Puxi here.

In November 2014 Clive was honoured to be both presenting and delivering workshops at Bangkok Patana for the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA) Leadership Conference . Clive drew upon his continuing support for innovative Positive Education programs at Patana and numerous other schools with whom he has established an ongoing relationship. Clive also presented on ‘Positive Education in Practice’ at the International Congress on Coaching Psychology in London in December 2014.

In addition in partnership with Dr. Suzy Green, founder of The Positivity Institute and a world authority in the Positive Education field, Clive is currently leading on a book chapter entitled ‘The Integration of Coaching & Positive Psychology in Schools’ which will feature in a new SAGE publication ‘Coaching in Professional Contexts’ due for release in Spring 2015. Clive has worked regularly as a Senior Associate of Suzy Green on Positive Education programs in Australia. Clive is also an advisory board member and coach for The Helmsman Project which provides a program of evidence-based coaching and ocean sailing for young people at risk. This innovative program has been designed to build self-regulation, resilience and hope in young people and is being scientifically measured by the University of Sydney Coaching Psychology Unit.

Clive has delivered Positive Education interventions for:

  • British International School Puxi Shanghai (BISS), China
  • British International School Pudong Shanghai (BISS), China
  • Dulwich College Suzhou, China
  • New International School Thailand (NIST), Thailand
  • Bangkok Patana International School, Thailand
  • The European School Taipei, Taiwan
  • The British School, Vietnam
  • Nord Anglia International School, Hong Kong
  • University of Western Sydney
  • University of New England, Armidale
  • Newtown High School of Performing Arts, Sydney
  • The Beach School, Sydney
  • 2Realise Youth Services, Sydney
  • Roseville College, Sydney
  • The Helmsman Project, Sydney
  • Hornsby Girls High School, Sydney
  • Northern Beaches Business Education Network (NBBEN)
  • New South Wales Department of Education & Communities – Current & Aspiring Leaders Program
  • Australian Government Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations, Western Australia
  • Thammasat University, Thailand
  • Mahidol University, Thailand
  • University of Wollongong Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Arts
  • Child Australia Early Years Leadership Program, Western Australia and Northern Territory
  • Waverley College, Sydney
  • The Cripplegate Foundation Youth Services, London
  • The Workers Education Association, Illawara Region
  • The Benevolent Society, Sydney

Examples of evidence-based activities provided include:

      • Senior Leadership briefings on Positive Education research and application
      • Leadership and executive coaching – academic, business and policy teams
      • Establishment of Peer Coaching Groups
      • Setting vision, mission and objectives and facilitating strategic planning
      • Strengths assessment and de-briefing for individuals and teams
      • Faculty Workshops – Resilience, Well-being & Engagement, Coaching Skills
      • Discover Your Strengths  workshops for students, teachers and business teams
      • Parent Workshops – Flourishing Young People, Building Hope, Looking After Yourselves
      • 1:1 personal coaching for staff, students or parents

Recognising the often challenging nature of education & youth work, coaching can also be an effective tool to support the development and well-being of teaching and youth work professionals and community volunteers. Clive’s ideal education clients would be:

      • Schools, colleges, universities or youth services seeking to keep abreast of the latest developments in Positive Education research and to develop good practice within their own learning community.
      • Parent Teacher Associations seeking to support, inform and engage parents.
      • Any learning institution or service that would like a key note presentation on what it means to flourish, function at your optimal best and working to your strengths.

These interventions can have a positive impact upon:

      • The direct delivery of high quality educational and learning practice to young people and the community by enhancing the skills of leaders, teachers, community & youth workers to use a coaching conversation model to help people to change patterns of thinking, feeling and behaviour.
      • The enhancement of the school and community education curriculum through the introduction of activities proven to significantly increase levels of well-being and goal attainment.
      • The ongoing support and training of teachers, community & youth work professionals through the integration of coaching into workforce development policies and employee engagement initiatives.
      • Building capacity of the community and young people themselves to create, develop and sustain local neighbourhood or school-based initiatives to support other young people and the wider community.

The positive responses to such interventions indicate that evidence-based coaching, as an applied positive psychology, can play an important role in building flourishing educational institutions and services.

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