Learning to change lives

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​​Principal Brett Pedlow used his learning from the Bastow Changemakers course to lead the opening of an innovative alternative education option for the Latrobe Valley’s disengaged young people.

Principal Brett Pedlow‘Changemakers provided me with a scalable approach to implementing change,’ says Brett. ‘By doing the course I’ve become a better leader by being able to stand back, observe and react, look at scale and be more innovative.’

Bastow Changemakers supports the Positive Climate for Learning priority area identified within the Education State Framework for Improving Student Outcomes. The course is designed specifically for teachers working in schools that serve disadvantaged communities and provides them with an opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills to bring about change under the guidance of experienced leaders and change agents.

Led by Brett and a team that includes a growing number of skilled change makers, the innovative Latrobe Valley Flexible Learning Option campus (LV FLO) opened in mid-2014, the result of a partnership between the Latrobe Valley’s three government secondary colleges: Kurnai, Traralgon and Lowanna.

The school is achieving life-changing results for its students and other at-risk young people.
As a first-time school principal, Brett enrolled in the Bastow Changemakers course to help him gain the knowledge and tools he needed to confidently lead the campus through a successful launch and beyond.

‘I was so lucky I chose to do Bastow Changemakers when I did,’ says Brett. ‘LV FLO represents a huge change in approach across the whole of the Latrobe Valley – it was changing the way we cater for disengaged kids and I’ve had the job of leading that change.

‘The skills and practical, user-friendly frameworks I learned through Changemakers were incredibly beneficial, so much so that I decided to put two members of my team through the course in 2015.’

Changemakers gave Brett a tangible and practical framework that helped him during the establishment phase.

‘What I really love about Bastow is that the courses they offer are relevant and the people teaching them are legitimate … I now appreciate how to bring about change on a large scale.’

Register your interest now for Bastow Changemakers course.

​Read more about Brett’s experience: Changemakers – Impact Case Study.