The annual Australian Education Awards has been recognised as the leading independent awards event in the K-12 education sector.

The awards showcase the top-performing schools, principals, department heads and teachers for their outstanding achievements and transformative work that makes a profound difference to the lives of young people across Australia.

Excellence awardees will be announced in The Educator and online channels on Thursday 6 May. Overall winners will be announced and celebrated at the highly anticipated awards gala on 3 December 2021. Click here for further information.

The Australian Education Awards is presented by The Educator, the resource of choice for the country's most forward-thinking education professionals.




Natalie Bassingthwaighte


Groove Academy


Groove Academy

Groove Academy

Groove Academy is led by musical director, Scott Pullen, a DJ with over 20 years of experience both in Australia and overseas who was recently selected by global clubbing brand Hed Kandi, as a resident DJ for their Australian arm. “We cover all styles,” he says of their approach whether in duo or big band mode, “but we always focus on rocking the crowd in front of us.” The group’s crowd- rocking recipe is simple but effective as they deliver a seamless blend of dancefloor anthems and pop hits both past and present – some sounding like carbon replicas of the originals and others given a contemporary live re-work. His band features a roster of some of Australia’s most accomplished performers, fronted by a revolving cast of fine female vocalists including Red London (aka Reigan Derry) from X-Factor & Sharon Muscat (Sister 2 Sister / Delta Goodrem / Jessica Mauboy). Pullen holds down the groove with support from drummer Warren Jackson (Dream Delay/Deni Hines/Jenny Morris) with a super tight 3 piece horn section made up of Dane Laboyrie (trumpet), David Weir / Jimmy Garden (sax) & John Hibbard / Mike Raper / Ben Gurtin (trombone).

The Groove Academy regularly perform at the Star Event Centre, in recent times they’ve played alongside chart-topping pop star Jessica Mauboy, at Palazzo Versace, for New Year’s Eve 2013, at an exclusive party at Fairmont Resort, for internationally renowned French fashion house Chanel, and been flown to Melbourne to perform at the National Gallery of Victoria, for Mercedes-Benz. The Groove Academy’s honour roll reads like a Who’s Who of corporate Australia, with the Gentleman Jack Embassy Launch, Qantas Platinum Club Dinner, Paspaley Polo In The City, Seven Network Logies After Party, South Sydney Rabbitohs’ Red & Green Ball, Veuve Clicquot’s ‘Clicquot in the Snow’ & the Chanel Christmas Party just some of the events where they’ve thrilled guests. The Groove Academy were recently selected as finalists in the ‘Best Achievement in Entertainment’ category at the Australian Event Awards.

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