Paul Taylor thinks Australian teachers should have access to the most successful education theories and practices, wherever in the world those ideas come from. He has made it his mission to bring international educational leaders to NSW, to meet local teachers face to face in a long-running series of conferences intended to inspire positive changes in teaching techniques, aligned to student needs and demographics.

The wildly popular iOnTheFuture events, which include practical masterclasses, allow Australian educators to learn directly from pioneers and experts, and explore how they might deploy or modify the techniques in their own classrooms.

Paul is motivated by ‘deep personal commitment to drive my own professional learning,’ and to inspire others to expand their teaching toolkit.

The effectiveness of these evidence-based approaches have been demonstrated by the staff Paul is fortunate to work alongside at Banora Point Public School on the NSW North Coast, where there has been a whole-of-school application of Student Engaged Assessment – in which students monitor their own progress towards academic and personal goals – and Project Based Learning, which immerses students in complex challenges.

Progress in the school’s reading performance has steamed ahead in recent years – moving the large primary school from well below the state average reading growth to significantly exceeding it.