AC: Alphacrucis College

Dr Jim Twelves
PhD, MEd, PGCE, BSc(Hons)

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Dr Jim Twelves
Dean of Education and Program Director, Master of Teaching (Primary)

Jim is a member of the Faculty of Education, and specialises in the following areas: Children, Community, Education, Humanities, Leadership, Management, Philosophy, Research, Social Engagement, and Youth.


As the Dean of Education and Program Director, Master of Teaching (Primary) Jim is responsible for the leadership, development and oversight of this exciting new faculty that was pioneered by Dr Jennie Bickmore-Brand.  Jim is currently responsible for EDU500 Professional Expereince; EDU401 Foundations in Christian Teaching and Learning; EDU502 History and Geography; EDU522 The Self-Reflective Educator and RES502 Action Research. Prior to Jim’s emigration to Australia in 1995 he was Head of Geography in Aldenham School, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom for nearly 20 years where his passion for learning and teaching were formed. Since arriving in Australia he has held Deputy and Principalship roles in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. As Board Chair in Victoria, Jim led the foundation of a new Christian primary school.  In New South Wales, as school Principal, he saw his school nearly double in enrolments over five years and more recently, as Director of Twelves Consulting, with a team, he developed national policy frameworks and subsequently a suite of policies for three schools in different states. As a reflection of his passion for clean and efficient administration, after two decades in the classroom, Jim returned to university and enrolled in a Graduate Diploma in Educational Administration at The University of Melbourne. He followed this with his Masters of Education, specialising in staff appraisal, the founding of new schools and marketing. Finally Jim embarked on his doctoral research; Putting them in the hands of God: A successful Australian Christian School. This unique study combined qualitative and quantitative research tools devised by the Victorian Department of Education Employment and Training for their triennial review of state schools.  The research demonstrated that successful Christian education, in the community being examined, combined consistent clear articulation of their vision, a faculty whose teaching was their calling and a vital integration of their Christian faith into every aspect of the life of their school. Follow the link to read the full text.

Research Interests

  • The Heart of the Teacher
  • Blended Learning
  • Future Education
  • Staff Appraisal and Career Development Programs
  • Models of Christian Education
  • Action and Ethnographic Research Methodologies
  • Leadership Development
  • Organisational Redesign 

Academic Qualifications


PhD (Melbourne University)
Dissertation Title Putting them in the hands of God: A successful Australian Christian School


MEd (Melbourne University)
Dissertation Title Leadership and Management in Three Exemplar Non-Government Christian Schools


PGCE (University of Sheffield - Geography & Biology)


BSc(Hons) (University College of Wales, Aberystwyth - Geography)

Selected Publications

Journal article — Published in

Citation: Twelves, J & Arasaratnam, L (2014). Blended Learning in Postgraduate Studies: A contextualised discussion. Journal of Christian Education, Vol 55, Issue 1, 59-69.

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Book — Published in 2013

Citation: Twelves, J. (2013). Putting Them in the Hands of God: A Successful Christian School in Australia. Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrucken, Germany.

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Journal article — Published in 2009

Citation: Twelves, J. (2009). The Future of Education. The Christian Teachers Journal, Vol 17.4 October 2009.

Journal article — Published in 2001

Citation: Twelves, J. (2001). Some Characteristics of Successful Christian Schooling in Australia. Journal of Education and Christian Belief, Vol 5, No 1, Spring 2001.

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Journal article — Published in 2001

Citation: Twelves, J. (2001). The Leadership and Management of Three Successful Australian Christian Schools. Melbourne Graduate School of Education Online Refereed Journal , Post Script Vol 2, No 2, April 2001.

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External Links

Twelves Consulting: Educational Consultancy

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 8.00 am - 4.00 pm

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