School Leaders Workshop - Culture Building
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Culture Building

Presenter: Mr Richard Dawson

Details: (Total of 4 half-days in-person workshop)


3, 4, 10 & 11 March 2021

Time: 2.00pm to 5.30pm

Venue: Metropolitan YMCA (Stevens Road)

Size of workshop: A maximum of 30 participants

Fully funded by Ministry of Education for MOE School Leaders


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Workshop Description

A culture of innovation is critical to ensure growth and future readiness. Can we shape and embed this ethos in our schools today? 

  • How do we engineer a deeper buy-in so that we can move from superficial to lasting change?
  • How do we maintain a sense of stability in the midst of building new beliefs? 
  • How do we coach our KPs to share and build culture with different team dynamics.



  • Pragmatic ideas from Teresa Amabile’s Progress Principle and Daniel Pink’s ideas on Motivation (Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose)
  • Coaching MMs to build teams to work towards innovation, building collective EQ and encouraging professional discussions
  • Storytelling as a strategy of building connection and pointing the way


Target Audience: For Principals and Vice-Principals


About Mr Richard Dawson


Richard graduated with an Honours degree in Mathematics from University of Salford, UK and earned his Master in Education degree at University of Singapore (now NUS). After serving 2½ years as a volunteer teacher in Malaysia he moved to Singapore to take up a career in the Singapore Education Service. He has taught in secondary schools and a Junior College before taking on school leadership positions in three secondary schools. He joined Schools Division as a Senior Inspector of Schools and later became a Cluster Superintendent.

In 2003 and 2004 embarked on a 2-year secondment at National Institute of Education, Singapore, as a Teaching Fellow in Policy and Management Studies (now called Policy and Leadership Studies) Academic Group before returning to Schools Division again as Cluster Superintendent.
Although officially retired in 2012, Richard continued to serve as Cluster Superintendent until the end of 2015. With more than 42 years of service in education Richard still finds passion in developing leaders in schools and derives great satisfaction in his current work as ELDC Associate.