Teacher Professional Development


Peter Vardy will run Teacher PDs in June 2020.  Hobart St. Mary’s College June 2; Melbourne CBC St. Kilda June 5;  Brisbane St. Paul’s College Bald Hills June 12

As always it was simply delightful. I honestly have never been to PD so useful as Peter’s. In every case – and I’ve been to plenty. Usually there are dud sessions in most PD”S – never in a Vardy event.” I Carmichael, Marist Regional College, Hobart 

First of all I’d like to thank Peter for a such a wonderfully interesting, informative and challenging PD last week. My colleague had never heard of Peter before and was really unsure of what the day would hold. From Peter’s very first words he was totally hooked and engrossed – so a huge thanks” 

Dr Peter Vardy  focuses on extending and deepening teacher subject-knowledge, identified as the single factor with the most impact on student understanding and achievement by the Sutton Trust in its survey report of 200 leading pieces of educational research “What makes great teaching?” (October 2014).  When teachers have a confident grasp of the philosophical, ethical and religious issues underpinning the big questions young people ask about matters of life and death they are better equipped to steer discussions towards being meaningful and personally helpful as well.

Extensive resources were provided, along with refreshments, to all teachers who attend the conference.

Places in 2020 cost $190 each, with a small discount available for block-bookings of 3 or more teachers when they are paid for promptly and together.

Wombat Education can sometimes organize Bespoke Professional Development events for schools or groups of schools who wish to improve teacher-subject knowledge or build teacher-awareness of issues to do with ethos.

Wombat runs a series of PD conferences, which tour major Australian cities, usually in May or August.  For reference, our major series of PD events since 2010 have included…

Teaching ABOUT Islam Today (May 2017) Teaching About the End of Life (May 2016) Teaching Ethics through the Movies (May 2015) Teaching the IB Theory of Knowledge (May 2015, 2014 and 2013) Teaching Ethics Today (May 2014) Teaching RE and Values through the Arts (May 2012) Laying Strong Foundations – Primary RE (October Towards Rigour and Relevance in Teaching Christianity Today (August 2011) Towards Rigour and Relevance in Teaching Islam Today (July-August 2010) Teaching RE through the Movies (July & September 2010, October 2011)