Most teachers carry a heavy lesson-planning load. But it doesn’t have to be this way. 

In this special Grattan Institute online event series, our Deputy Education Program Director, Amy Haywood, will talk with school leaders from two of the case study schools profiled in Grattan’s recent report, Ending the lesson lottery: How to improve curriculum planning in schools

Docklands Primary School in inner Melbourne and Aveley Secondary College in outer-metropolitan Perth both take a whole-school approach to curriculum planning and materials. This coordinated approach – which carefully sequences teaching of key knowledge and skills across subjects and year levels – boosts student learning and reduces teachers’ individual planning workloads.

In this second webinar, Amy will speak with Stephen Pestana and Jarrad Stewart-Olsen, the Principal and former Head of Science from Aveley Secondary College. They will discuss what a whole-school curriculum approach looks like in a secondary setting, focusing on a Science faculty.

Our speakers will talk about why they have taken a whole-school curriculum approach, the practical steps they took to get there, and the supports that helped them along the way. And we will set aside time so they can answer your questions.


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Amy Haywood


Amy Haywood is a Senior Associate in the Education Program at Grattan Institute. She taught English in secondary schools for five years and has written study guides for Macmillan Education. Amy was previously a manager in Deloitte Access Economics’ education policy team. She has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Teaching from the University of Melbourne, and studied international education policy while on exchange at the University of Oulo in Finland.

Stephen Pestana


Stephen is the Foundation Principal of Aveley Secondary College in Perth. He was previously an Associate Principal at Shenton College, and Principal at Balcatta Senior High School. Stephen’s vision is for Aveley is success for every student, every day.

Jarrad Stewart-Olsen


Jarrad is a school leader who has worked in zoology and conservation, as well as community services management with disadvantaged youth. He began teaching in 2018 through Teach for Australia, taught for five years at Aveley where he led the Science faculty, and now works with Teach Well.