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9.00am - 3.30pm - Log in between 8.30am and 9.00am Victorian Time

Melbourne (Venue to be advised) or Via Live Streamed Zoom Webinar

All Primary and Secondary Teachers, Support Staff and anyone interested in the education of boys

$300.00 - $450.00 + GST

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No applications for this program will be accepted after all vacancies have been filled. Unsuccessful applicants will have any monies paid refunded in full. Cancellation made prior to the prior to 14 days from the event date will incur a 25% service charge per applicant. This program will be payable for in full for cancellations made within 14 days of the event or for failure to attend the program. Participants will be sent a Zoom link which is only to be used by the registered person, if any other unregistered person views the webinar without registration, they will be liable for the full registration plus an additional 25% administration fee. No attendance certificates will be issued until all monies are paid in full. Any cancellation must be made in writing and emailed to In the event of insufficient applications this program will not proceed, and registration monies paid will be fully refunded. Critical Agendas Pty Ltd will not be accepting liability for any other associated costs. Critical Agendas Pty Ltd reserves the right to vary the advertised program prior to commencement.

Building the strong foundations to support our Boys

8.30am – 9.00am – Registration/Webinar Log in.

9.00am – 10.15am – Greg Mitchell – “Redefining Courage: Fostering Compassionate Boys in Schools”

Courage needs a makeover, and it starts in our schools.

True courage is not the absence of fear, but the willingness to confront anxiety and stress with empathy, integrity, and compassion.

This keynote offers practical advice for everyday teachers.

Discover how to nurture empathy, teach emotional intelligence, and ensure every student feels valued.

Let us create classrooms where kindness reigns and boys feel empowered to be themselves and together, let’s shape a future for our compassionate young men.

10.15am – 10.40am – Morning Tea.

10.40am – 12.00noon – Pam Burton – “Active and Engaging Learning Strategies for Boys” 

This session is designed to equip educators with evidence-based strategies tailored to captivate and enhance the learning experiences of boys. Explore the essence of active learning and its critical importance in boys’ education through a blend of theory, practical classroom tactics, and real-life success stories. Participants will experience interactive activities that uncover the strategies to implement these methodologies. These strategies are designed to expand your teaching practices to create a more inclusive, dynamic, and effective learning environment for boys.

12.00pm – 12.10 Mini Break

12.10pm – 1.20pm – Emily Ballenden – “Unlocking Potential: Navigating ADHD in boys”

Attention-Deficit hyperactivity disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder that may affect an individual’s ability to self-regulate. Which may manifest in characteristics such as impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattention. Children as young as two-years-old are being diagnosed with ADHD. The diagnosis explains behaviours that can continue into adulthood.

Join Emily for an enlightening PD focused on understanding ADHD in boys. Gain invaluable insights into effective strategies for supporting each of their unique needs within your classroom. Explore evidence-based approaches, exchange ideas with fellow educators and leave with a greater understanding along with practical tools to foster a more inclusive and supportive learning environment.

1.20pm – 2.00pm – Lunch.

2.00pm – 3.20pm – David Vinegrad – “Managing Extreme Behaviours”

This workshop will explore how to effectively manage extreme situations and challenging students through evidence based research and practice. The skills, knowledge, and understandings covered in this workshop will include:

  • Examine the neuroscience of self-regulation so that your school can respond more effectively to extreme behaviours
  • Explore a 10 step Approach to Behavioural Intervention approach for Tier 3 students
  • Understand the difference between needs driven behaviour, learnt & wilful behaviour.
  • Explore the work of Ross Greene and the concept of ‘boys will if they can’.
  • Investigate how to engage parents/caregivers to discuss what matters about their children
  • Take away a range of micro skill statements that can be used in the yard and classroom including the check-in, cut-off and blocker and how to get students to tell you their name on yard duty!

3.20pm Seminar Close

NB: If minimum numbers for Face to Face are not met, this program will revert to a Zoom Webinar. If minimum numbers are not met for Zoom, the program will be run as a Face to Face only. Your registration will be adjusted accordingly and you will be notified via email of the change.


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Greg Mitchell

Greg Mitchell is an established and highly sought after consultant who works with teachers, parents and administrators where it counts… in schools and in classrooms. He regularly teaches in classrooms in primary and secondary schools all over Australia demonstrating the changes that really work. Greg is an exceptional presenter with the ability to connect with educators, to challenge them and provide many practical strategies that work! Great knowledge, practical, dynamic and very entertaining!

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Pam Burton

Pam Burton’s interest, experience and expertise in educating students at all levels is reflected in her broad teaching and consultancy career. She is a celebrated presenter and author who works extensively with students, teachers and organisations in the areas of leadership, brain compatible learning, boys’ education, literacy, gifted education, creative and critical thinking, learning styles, multiple intelligences and cooperative learning. She has been a lecturer in Gifted Education at Deakin University, a presenter in the Bright Sparks and Women in Leadership programs and numerous other programs at Deakin University.

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Emily Ballenden

Emily Ballenden is a specialised teacher, education consultant, private SEN tutor and the founder of Additional Education Services. Emily holds a Bachelor of Education P-12, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Educational Learning and Leadership and a Masters degree in Special Education.

Emily has taught in the early childhood, primary and secondary school sectors for 15 years. She is a specialist educator based in schools and online, working with students from K-12, assisting teachers and parents alike to achieve desirable outcomes for students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SLDs).

Emily runs interactive seminars with attendee participation through discussions, questions and workshops.

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David Vinegrad

David Vinegrad is a well-known presenter with extensive experience in the area of behaviour management both nationally and internationally. He has highly developed skills as a facilitator, trainer, and presenter and is widely recognised as an international expert on restorative justice. He has played a major role in the introduction of restorative practices into schools in Australia and internationally and is an experienced counsellor and mediator including high level management of critical incidents and school based trauma. David has over 30 years of experience working with teachers and students in a variety of diverse educational settings undertaking and developing a wide range of roles including recent work in Japan and Brazil.

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Hear from teachers who have attended a Critical Agendas Event

The best P.D. I have attended in living memory!” I loved every minute of this engaging, interesting and informative PD. And I have been teaching for 40+ years!

Susan Snooks

Loved the honesty in the sharing of information and strategies

Liberty Hatzidimitriou

“It is the first P.L. in a long long time that I haven’t been checking in with my watch.”


Loved the passion of the Presenters

Ivana Ryan

Passionate &  Authentic Speakers – Meaningful Strategies

Tamara Rundle

Just a big Thank you for giving us the opportunity to attend the Critical Agenda Workshop yesterday.  David presented a great program, lots of handy strategies and he was very engaging and supportive. Highly recommended.  I was very happy we did not have to do any Role play’s. 

Tania The Geelong College

Inspirational Speakers –  the knowledge gained will be so beneficial in my classrooms

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