About Johns Education Consulting

We work with education and community based organisations to help keep learners engaged in education. We do this through:

  • Consulting - we carry out evaluations of existing programs and work with organisations to get new projects off the ground.

  • Curriculum design - we can create and map curriculum resources for a range of needs.

  • Training - we deliver training and professional development to teachers and other front-line staff to work effectively with vulnerable learners.

We have over thirty years of experience in the education sector, and draw upon past experience as well as the latest research to help our clients get better education outcomes. We've had great success working with community organisations, local government organisations, schools and the wider education sector. 

Community Organisations

Community organisations play a critical role in breaking the link between disadvantage and poor education outcomes for vulnerable learners. We work with community organisations to improve their current learner engagement programs, and find new ways to help disadvantaged learners to grow.

Local Government Organisations

Local government organisations, such as Local Learning and Employment Networks (LLENs) and council youth services, help to link learners with the right supports for them. We can help these organisations to evaluate the impact of their existing engagement projects, and enable new projects to get off the ground.

The Education Sector

Education programs are the front line of connecting with vulnerable learners. We have extensive experience working in the primary, secondary, post-secondary and specialist education sectors. We tailor curriculum for different interests and learning styles, develop strategies to keep young people engaged in education and support teachers to better understand how to support vulnerable learners. We understand the different challenges of working with vulerable adult learner populations, such as newly arrived refugees and mature age learners.


Key Areas of Knowledge and Expertise

Empowering Flexible Learning Delivery in Victoria

Over 90,000 young people are enrolled in a flexible learning program in Australia. These programs have been set up because, for one reason or another, the traditional school system has not met the needs of these young people. Flexible learning settings are an important way of meeting the different learning needs of young people who face complex barriers to staying engaged in education. As educators, it is our responsibility to support all young Australians to gain an education. We need to think about success holistically and hear the voice of young people who struggle.  

Transitions - Primary to Secondary and Post-Secondary

 In 1986, it took an Australian young person an average of one year to find work. In 2017, that figure has risen to a whopping 4.7 years85% of jobs people will be doing in 2030 do not even exist yet. Ensuring young people transition well after compulsory education is more important than ever. The Australian education sector needs to adapt to teach skills needed for jobs of the future, and with up to 10,000 young Victorians leaving school in Years 9-11 every year, it needs to do so in a way that engages current students.

Additionally, the transition from Primary to Secondary school is increasingly being identified as a key step in the education journey of every child.  It is often where disengagement from school starts to become apparent.  We need to ensure that this process is about more than just logistics - that it encapsulates the whole child and their wider wellbeing needs.

New Learning Styles

The way we work is changing. Organisational development needs to change to reflect this. Education design and curriculum should be inclusive of all learning styles, and incorporate elements of interactivity within it. Johns Education Consulting supports organisations to tailor their curriculum so that it meets the needs of all participants. 


Our Team

Nick Johns

Nick is passionate about ensuring that all young people get a fair go in education, regardless of their background or circumstances. This has led him to work with some of the most disenfranchised young people in society, developing flexible and inclusive education approaches.

Nick has worked in the education sector for over twenty years across Primary, Secondary and Post-Secondary Education, in Australia and the U.K. He has held a wide range of roles including teaching, education case management, flexible learning program leadership, project management, and research.

From 2010 - 2017, Nick worked with St Kilda Youth Service and Melbourne City Mission, leading program and curriculum development. He managed educators and youth workers delivering secondary education to highly marginalised young people. In 2016-17 he led the Flexible Learning Victoria ‘Successful Journey’ project which identified measures of success for the sector.

Nick works closely with key staff within government departments, school and program leaders, and young people to improve educational and wellbeing outcomes. He is also a key contributor to research and publications about flexible learning and the education sector, and is a regular speaker at conferences on education. 

Nick holds a Bachelor of Science, a Graduate Diploma of Education and a Master of Adolescent Health and Wellbeing.

Melissa Johns

Melissa is an expert at talking to, engaging and teaching marginalised young people – she helps them to love learning again, making it fun and appealing.

Melissa Johns has been working in the teaching sector for over fifteen years, and specialises in working with students who for one reason or another don't quite 'fit in'. She has worked in both Australia and the UK with secondary aged students from a wide range of backgrounds.  She has led innovative social engagement projects, including taking two groups of disadvantaged students from London to a community development project in Kenya.  

In recent years, she has become more focused on working with highly disadvantaged young people including young mums, those in out-of-home care, young homeless people and those requiring inpatient clinical care for highly complex mental health issues.

Melissa holds a Bachelor in Applied Science (Health Promotion), a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and a Master of International and Community Development.


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Johns Education Consulting has produced an excellent evaluation report which will assist the INLLEN to further develop the initiative for the next few years. It will also be used as an advocacy tool with DET and Catholic Education Office to focus attention on the need for greater support in this area. Nick Johns is an innovative thinker who has added significant value to our project by enabling us to consider multiple options.
— Rochelle Darby, INLLEN