Learner Agency is a term educators are hearing more and more about. It appears in educational policy documents around the world, and school leaders are being told the importance of creating environments that promote “Learner Agency”. Unfortunately, despite the increasing use of the term “Learner Agency”, policymakers have only vaguely defined it. Not having a clear definition has led to many well- intended, but ultimately shallow and ineffective interpretations. As I’ll explain, one of the most common interpretations relates to “student voice and student choice”, which frequently simulates Learner Agency; but does not build it.


This webinar is suitable for school leaders, middle leaders and any educator interested in going beyond the superficial understandings of Leaner Agency and gaining deep practical insights into this important concept.

Teaching Standards

1.2.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Understand how students learn: Structure teaching programs using research and collegial advice about how students learn.

Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

This course may contribute towards Elective PD hours. Visit https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au for more details.


James Anderson

James Anderson is an Australian-based international speaker, author and educator who is passionate about helping fellow educators develop students as better learners. Originally a teacher and school leader, for the past 20 years, James has been working with schools to make classrooms more thoughtful places. He challenges teachers to think deeply about their own Mindsets and how their beliefs are communicated to students in often subtle and unintended ways. James’s work combines Growth Mindset with Habits of Mind and Practice to create Learning Agility. He puts the growth back into Growth Mindset! And, through creating and describing the Mindset Continuum, he provides the cornerstone for effective Growth Mindset interventions.