What is the Crowther Centre

Brighton Grammar is transforming from a school of best practice to a school of unquestionable excellence in boys’ education, founded in evidence-informed practice. The Crowther Centre powers this work through collection and analysis of data, servicing all areas of the School with research and measurement and enabling an improved and informed decision-making process.


Social Media

Why we need to help our teens with social media.

Crowther Centre December 10th, 2021 · 8 minute read

Safe Partying

Keeping your son safe

Crowther Centre November 5th, 2021 · 8 minute read

Final exam results and transition

Crowther Centre blog

Dr Sophie Keele November 4th, 2021 · 1min

Effective Learner Model

The Effective Learner Model is a school wide tool and approach to teaching and learning.

It has been developed using contextual evidence, experience and the best available research into improving student learning outcomes. The model also incorporates some features that make it our own including: boy-friendly/personalised language, integration of our wellbeing and learning models and straight forward instructions.

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At Crowther Centre we have been teaching boys since 1882. We've honed the knowledge we've learnt over those years and prepared some handy position papers on various topics to assist you with parenting and raising boys.

ACEL Publication

Managing difficult conversation, three steps for middle and senior leaders

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ACEL Publication

Working with Parents and the modern relationship between schools and parents

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Health Promotion International Journal

A review of perspectives on positive masculinity

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ACEL Publication

Educational leadership and the role that coaching programs can play in leadership development.

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ACER Journal

Identifying best practice in career education and development in Australian secondary schools

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AHISA Journal

Developing data use and applications in a school setting

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PloS One Journal

A systematic review of wellbeing programs

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Introducing Positive Masculinity

  • 9 Aug 2021
  • 19.00pm
  • Webinar
  • Free

The Effective Learner at home

  • 26 Jul 2021
  • 19.00pm
  • Webinar
  • Free

Coaching in Action Workshop

  • 26 July 2021
  • 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Brighton Grammar School
  • $440pp
The Association value the presenters’ shared coaching experiences, reflections and the professional guidance which informs each AISACT bespoke coaching journey. We value our continuing partnership. Joanne Garrisson, Senior Manager Strategic Programs AISACT

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About the Crowther

Driving BGS' commitment to innovation and learning is the work of the Crowther Centre under the leadership of Dr Ray Swann. The Crowther Centre is our own intellectual ‘think-tank’.

Our team

Dr Ray Swann Head of Crowther Centre

Ray is Deputy Headmaster and Head of Crowther Centre at Brighton Grammar School, an all-boys school in Melbourne.

Kate Casey Crowther Centre Manager

Kate is a former lawyer and is now Associate at the Crowther Centre at Brighton Grammar, an all-boys school in Melbourne.