Polly Flanagan

Polly Flanagan has been an educator for over 40 years. She has taught in government, Catholic and independent schools. She has taught in single sex boys’ and girls’ schools and in co-educational settings. For 10 years she was the Principal of Shelford Girls’ Grammar, a K-12 school in Caulfield, Melbourne.

As an educator, Polly believes that schools must focus on the development and enrichment of the whole person. She has been an advocate for teaching the so called “soft skills” for many years.

Polly believes passionately that students need to develop the skills and capabilities that will enable them to thrive in a rapidly changing and uncertain world. Students need to be change embracers and creative thinkers. They need to have well-developed conflict resolution skills, be able to demonstrate empathy and build and sustain quality relationships.