Stephen Codrington

I am a Sydney-based author, speaker and consultant specialising in educational leadership, school board governance, critical thinking and sustainable geography.

Author of 70 books.

Visitor to 168 countries.

Speaker at international conferences.

Teacher, Principal, Board Member and Board Chair.

Consultant to Schools Leaders and Boards .

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Support for School Boards and School Leaders

I established Optimal School Governance in 2015 as a cutting-edge specialist service to support school leaders and their boards seeking to lead effectively according to recognised best practice.  I work with schools in all parts of the world.

Before establishing this service, I served for 25 years as the Principal of five high-profile schools in four countries – Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and the United States.  During that period, as well as serving on the boards of my own schools, I also worked with many other schools (including as an accreditation officer) through organisations such as the Council of International Schools, United World Colleges, the International Baccalaureate, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest. 

I am now working with schools to help develop and enhance their strategic visions, conduct board reviews and restructuring, undertake performance reviews and appraisals of Senior and Middle Managers, conduct workshops on most facets of best practice in governing and leading schools, assist with senior recruitment, conduct values-based assessments, and much more.

I am an affiliated consultant with CIS (the Council of International Schools) and I conduct accredited workshops for NESA (the New South Wales Education Standards Authority).  I currently serve as Board Chair at Djarragun College, a P-12 school for Indigenous students in Cairns, Queensland, Australia.

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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

– Aristotle

10 books I wrote that provide complete coverage of the IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma Geography program.

My specialist consultancy service to support school leaders and boards world-wide.

Stephen Codrington





“History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children...  Let us all resolve to put children at the centre of all we do. They must be the motivation for every decision we make. Because they are our future.”

– Nelson Mandela

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