Working with Challenging Behaviours in VCAL – strategies to support young people to succeed • Friday, August 31, 2018

Friday, August 31, 2018

Facilitators: Nick Johns

Young people in VCAL are often not traditional ‘academic’ learners.  They are the hands-on, applied, learn by doing kind of students.  At times, this may come with certain challenges – maybe they struggle to sit still, or find it hard to listen, or only want to do what they’re interested in (which may not include learning Work place Health and Safety for WRS!).

With the right approach, these and other challenges can be not only overcome but utilised as a strength.

In this collaborative workshop attendees and the presenters will:

  • focus on understanding why the behaviour is occurring
  • explore a range of solutions to kerb these challenging behaviours
  • find ways to positively engage challenging students with learning
  • discover how you can utilise the flexibility of the VCAL curriculum to engage your students.

Nick Johns

Nick Johns  is the Director of Johns Education Consulting. He has worked in the education sector for over 20 years across Primary, Secondary and Post-Secondary Education, in Australia and the U.K. He has held a wide range of roles including teaching, education case management, flexible learning program leadership, project management, and research.

Nick is passionate about ensuring that all young people get a fair go in education, regardless of their background or circumstances. This has led him to work with highly disenfranchised young people in society, developing flexible and inclusive education approaches. Nick loves the flexibility of VCAL, having seen first-hand how this allows education engagement of at-risk youth. He has managed the delivery of VCAL programs for marginalised young people at both St Kilda Youth Service and Melbourne City Mission. In 2016-17 he led the Flexible Learning Victoria ‘A Successful Journey’ research project, identifying measures of success for young people in flexible learning programs.

Nick has a Masters in Adolescent Health and Wellbeing and strong research and project management experience. He works closely with key staff within government departments, school and program leaders, and young people to improve educational and wellbeing outcomes.



Cancellations and substitutions: Cancellations notified in writing prior to the event incur a fee of 50%; otherwise no refund is given. Substitutes are welcome at any time.

Venue: Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

Time: Registration opens 9.00 am, session commences sharp 9.30am – 3.00pm

Max numbers: 40

Fees: Members $240, Non-members $300

Morning tea and lunch provided