For more than three decades I have worked in education and development. Commencing as a primary school teacher, I then moved into leading community development programs, school system administration and growing a school-based innovation centre in Sydney.

I work as an independent consultant, and also completing a PhD. Both in my professional and academic worlds, my focus is the same:

  • How might we create environments where people thrive?
  • How do we transform cultural to sustain change?

I started out as a primary school teacher, I then moved into leading community development programs, school system administration and growing a school-based innovation centre in Sydney.

Contact Anne Knock

Twitter @anneknock & LinkedIn
Contact form: Sends an email directly to my inbox (further down this page)

Consulting and Development

  • Design input and developing an educational brief/masterplan
  • Strategies for change management and embedding systems
  • Transforming organisational culture

PhD: University of Melbourne.

My research investigates the challenges and opportunities of re-thinking learning environments in schools through the lens of culture and workplace change. In particular:

  • How might we support cultural transformation in schools that see a shift from predominantly solo-teaching to team-based practice?
  • What are the affordances that can be more fully utilised in innovative learning environments?
  • What is the critical role school leadership plays in sustaining change?

Publications, Articles and Interviews

12 May, 2020
In this podcast interview with Atomi I chat about the value of adapting the physical learning environment, as well as my role as ‘translator’ as I work alongside schools and architects in the development of new projects.

Listen here.

Knock A (2019) “Empowering teaching teams: An essential factor in the success of innovative learning environments” in
Imms, W. & Mahat, M. (Eds.). (2019). What are teachers doing (well) when transitioning from traditional classrooms to innovative learning environments? Proceedings of international symposia for graduate and early career researchers in Australasia, Europe and North America.

Byers T, Mahat M, Liu K, Knock A, Imms W, (2018) Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change, eds. A Systematic Review of the Effects of Learning Environments on Student Learning Outcomes. Melbourne: Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change;

Knock, A (2018), Teaching-teams not Teaching-solo: The secret to retaining Gen Y teachers, pages 67-69, CollectivED [3], Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University.

Knock A, ed. (2012) The built environment : creating innovative learning spaces. Christian Teachers Journal 20(1).

Design for Change: Case Study – Innovation and Research. Learning Spaces Magazine Vol 3.2

Personalised Learning at NBCS
Educadores: Revista de renovación pedagógica, ISSN 0013-1113, Nº 256, 2015, págs. 86-89

Trade Journals

Future-Focused Learning/BFX Furniture: The Continental Shift: From Traditional Classrooms of Old to Future Focused Learning Spaces by Anne Knock (2018)


Change and Innovation: Knock on effect of sharing ideas
Australian Teacher Magazine (2017)

Sydney Morning Herald: More the merrier: top results from mega class (2013)

2018 – 2019 worked/working with:

For the last 15 years I have worked directly with schools, systems, principals, teachers, school boards and architects, facilitating innovation and change.


Or contact me here by email:

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