Peter helped me prepare a workshop for an international conference on enhancing boys’ achievement. It was called ‘the highlight of the entire conference’ by one well-placed administrator. I have been asked to give a feature presentation at another conference. This is all a result of Peter’s thoughtful guidance and expert knowledge.
Kylie Bowra - ST AUGUSTINE'S COLLEGE, BROOKVALE
Rob Chandler - THE KING’S SCHOOL
E.Reed - AUSTRALIA POST
David Raphael - WILLIAM CLARKE COLLEGE
Lyn McDonald - NARANGBA VALLEY STATE HIGH SCHOOL, QLD
Dr Peter West worked collaboratively on a joint project with the King's School in 2001 to produce a Report on Best Practice in Boys' Education. The forty seven page report examined the reasons for boys underachievement and made recommendations for schools in their efforts to increase boys' achievements. Dr West drew on research findings from Australia, the UK and USA. He visited schools and universities in Sweden, Scotland and England. He interviewed many boys and worked collaboratively with many teachers. His recommendations included class interaction which avoids teacher talk in favour of active engagement with boys' wants and needs and an understanding of what it means to be a boy unencumbered with doctrinaire notions of masculinity which might antagonise boys.
Dr West also spoke at several teachers' meetings, conferences and parent forums. His expertise and findings in the area of boys education were greatly appreciated by the school.
Peter provided an amusing and informative talk. Peter is so entertaining!
Peter provided a workshop on 'Engaging Boys in Education' to a group of male Rite Journey teachers at our biennial conference, October 2013. His workshop had some excellent practical ideas on how we could more effectively connect with the boys in our classrooms. The delegates also enjoyed the discussion around what it is that we enjoy about teaching boys. It was a great opportunity to explore the positives that they bring to our schools. Peter's vast experience with boys' education over the years was evident and we appreciated him drawing on this as well as his personal stories of being a grandfather.
Andrew Lines - THE RITE JOURNEY
William Clarke College have been lucky enough to have had Dr Peter West present on three occasions at the College about Boys’ Education: once to parents and twice to staff. Dr West was more than willing to work with us to tailor his presentations to our needs, which was made very easy by his personable approach and his interest in what the College community needed from him. His vast knowledge and practical advice to both parents and staff about raising and teaching boys provided valuable insights and many ‘light bulb’ moments. Peter’s presentations are interactive and provide many opportunities for audience participation with a mixture of discussion points, scenarios and question times. His use of humour coupled with real life examples allows for many light hearted moments as participants looked at their own expectations of boys and realised the gaps between expectation and reality. Working with Dr Peter West was an absolute pleasure.
Peter worked as a consultant here and conducted thorough interviews with all stakeholders in our school. He critically analysed information that allowed us to collaboratively develop strategies in the short and long term. The insight based on years of experience and knowledge has allowed us to move forward in this area and improve outcomes for our students.