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Class Act


Boys are consistently outperformed by girls in our education system. How do the educational needs of boys and girls differ, and how can a school’s culture maximise personal and educational growth?

Tim Hawkes is a father, headmaster of The King’s School in Sydney, and author of Seven Conversations You Must Have With Your Son. Former politician and journalist Maxine McKew is the author of Class Act, a new book on changing the culture of schools so all students have the opportunity for success. Michael Grose is a parenting columnist, author and media commentator.

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Tim Hawkes

Tim Hawkes is the author of several books including Boy Oh Boy: How to Raise and Educate a Son and the Learning Leadership series. He has taught in England and Australia for over 35 years and been a headmaster for much of that time. A highly regarded educational resource, author and social commentat... Read more

Michael Grose

Michael Grose is a parenting and educational presenter. He is the author of eight books for parents, a former parenting columnist for both News Ltd and Fairfax newspapers; he is an experienced media performer with regular appearances on TV programs such as The Today Show, The Circle and ABC 774’s ... Read more

Maxine McKew

Maxine McKew is an author and Hon Enterprise Professor of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. Her most recent book, published by Melbourne University Press in 2014, is Class Act – a study of the key challenges in Australian schooling. This publication followe... Read more


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