CIRCLE – The Centre for Innovation, Research, Creativity and Leadership in Education

We understand how best to embrace the challenge of 21C education.

CIRCLE – The Centre for Innovation, Research, Creativity and Leadership in Education is an executive agency in education that is passionate about helping schools to develop the organisational, professional and personal competencies to align their performance with the needs of 21C society. We do this because of our unwavering commitment to improving outcomes for more learners.

As James Martin, the noted pioneer of 21C technology, once said in The meaning of the 21st century (2006) that:

To make human civilization work well [with 21C technologies] and exist at peace with Gaia, we need another revolution, putting into place the desirable management, laws, controls, protocols, methodologies and means of governance. This is a complex and absolutely necessary transition – the 21st Century Revolution … Whether the revolution happens smoothly depends on the education that is put in place and how widely it is acted upon.

Our core purpose, therefore, is to build cultures of excellence in leadership and learning that equip more students with the character and competencies needed to thrive in their world. In doing so, we seek to assist schools to become evidence-based communities of inquiry and practice that are focused on educating fit for purpose 21C citizens. CIRCLE understands the significance of this challenge. The process of building strategic capacity to improve outcomes for learners is clearly aligned to our own organisational values:

  • Meaning: knowing what is right – leadership “for good”
  • Transformation: enabling change – leadership “for change”
  • Authenticity: acknowledging truth – leadership “for real”
  • Sustainability: nurturing the team and protecting resources – leadership “for life”
  • Service: serving others first – leadership “for others”
  • Relationships: encouraging and empowering community – leadership “for each other”

With this in mind, CIRCLE seeks to:





We have a team who are committed to build our future together.

Dr Philip SA Cummins

Managing Director – CIRCLE Education Group

Dr Phil Cummins is an educator by trade and conviction, who knows and understands schools and leadership. With 30 years in education as a leader, teacher, author, speaker, and as an Adjunct Associate Professor in Education at the University of Tasmania and Honorary Associate at Alphacrucis College, Phil now consults widely to schools, the tertiary sector, educational organisations, and government about building culture and improving performance with a focus on 21C strategy, governance and leadership. Phil believes that leadership that inspires learning and that promotes outstanding educational outcomes is the key to unlocking improved performance in our schools.


Bradley Adams

Director of Education

Brad Adams is Director of CIRCLE Education, and brings to this role 25 years of experience in university administration, teaching and school leadership in Toronto, Canada, and most recently as a Senior lecturer in Education at the University of Tasmania. He was, until 2014, the Executive Director of the International Boys’ Schools Coalition (IBSC), an association comprising leading independent and state boys’ schools in all regions of the world, and dedicated to best of class practice and collaborative research. He shares CIRCLE’s passion for and commitment to unleashing the leadership potential of teachers and schools to improve student learning.


Our senior staff are supported by a dedicated team of over 25 educational, technology and business professionals who combine their expertise and a passion for education into a unique service for schools and other educational organisations. Our network of educational support providers also enables us to identify a range of providers working in related fields including executive search and recruitment, marcom, market research, and technology solutions. We are experienced at aligning our work with other providers and will typically project manage the provision of such support within larger strategic development projects.


CIRCLE’s main office is located at:

24 Queen St



Find out more about CIRCLE’s consulting and research services, projects, publications, and products through:

P: +61 2 8064 9595

E: info@circle.education

W: www.circle.education