Evolution requires evidence. In collaboration with leading alliance partners, The University of South Australia, The University of Melbourne and The University of Connecticut, we are applying the very best and latest creativity research to our educational context, leading the field from theory to practice and imagination to innovation. Evidence from this research will be applied in our classrooms across our campuses, bringing the science of creativity and learning together through the art of teaching.

Our academic alliance partners bring with them a range and depth of experience in creativity, innovation and creative education. Their complementary collaborative skills have given Creative Education a sound theoretical underpinning. This will be a springboard for our research projects in the future. We currently have over 27 collaborative publications.

Academic Alliance Partners of Creative Education


James Kaufman

Professor James Kaufman, University of Connecticut
Recognised as the world’s leading authority in the field of Creativity, James Kaufman has developed his relationship with Geelong Grammar School since 2015. He brings a depth of knowledge and experience to the broader field of Creativity. He has nearly 400 publications of books, book chapters and articles, and nearly 16,000 citations in the academic literature.

David CropleyProfessor David Cropley, University of South Australia
David Cropley is the Professor of Engineering Innovation at The University of South Australia. He has published in the areas of engineering, organisational and educational creativity, including STEM, the malevolent side of creativity, and the measurement of creativity. He has over 150 publications of books, book chapters and articles, and nearly 3,000 citations in the academic literature.


Neryl JeanneretAssociate Professor Neryl Jeanneret, University of Melbourne
Associate Professor Neryl Jeanneret is the Leader of the Artistic and Creative Education cognate group (arts and humanities) and Music Education in the Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. Her research focusses on engagement in classroom and non-school settings, teacher education in the arts, artists working with children and young people, assessment, and Creative Education as a general capability. She has held leadership positions in peak music education organisations, including President of the Australian Society for Music Education and Chair of the International Society for Music Education's Policy Commission. She has a background in curriculum policy design for music, having served as an adviser to the NSW Department of Education, the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW, the Department of Education and Training, Victoria and the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Her most recent work in policy development was the Quality Framework for Music Education for Victorian schools. She is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Music Education and a recipient of the MGSE 2013 Engagement Award.


In collaboration with Deloitte Centre for the Edge, we are exploring the competencies and attitudes necessary for negotiating the digital world. A series of round tables in 2017 looked at the question “To Code or Not to Code” (PDF 1.2MB). In 2019 we will be consulting with industry, business, educators and policy makers in developing a scope and sequence of digital attitudes and competencies to be implemented at GGS.