7 episodes

Class Act is the Herald Sun's investigation into what could be education's biggest con. The story of one man and his rise through the ranks of elite schools in Melbourne, based on nothing but a lie. You can listen to Class Act and read the investigation first, and ad free, with a subscription to the Herald Sun, or by downloading the Herald Sun app at your app store. 

Hosted and written by Genevieve Alison and Ashley Argoon, produced by Jonty Burton and production and sound design by Andrea Thiis-Evensen.

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Class Act is the Herald Sun's investigation into what could be education's biggest con. The story of one man and his rise through the ranks of elite schools in Melbourne, based on nothing but a lie. You can listen to Class Act and read the investigation first, and ad free, with a subscription to the Herald Sun, or by downloading the Herald Sun app at your app store. 

Hosted and written by Genevieve Alison and Ashley Argoon, produced by Jonty Burton and production and sound design by Andrea Thiis-Evensen.

    Lesson 6: How to pass the test

    Lesson 6: How to pass the test

    Lennie faces court for his deceits, and in his corner are the countless students he mentored and inspired. In this final episode of Class Act we ask the question, were his crimes victimless? And in the wash up of Neil Lennie's career, can his crimes and misdemeanors outweigh the good he's done as a teacher.  

    Read the full investigation. Go to: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/classact or download the Herald Sun app right now.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 27 min
    Lesson 5: How to rise from the ashes

    Lesson 5: How to rise from the ashes

    By the time Neil Lennie's new-age school had been shuttered, he'd already moved on to his next venture. 

    But the lies from his past were beginning to catch up, and it wasn't long before the police came knocking.

    Read the full investigation. Go to: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/classact for feature and to listen to every episode right now.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 20 min
    Lesson 4: How to burn a bridge

    Lesson 4: How to burn a bridge

    After being sent packing from the school he created, Neil Lennie watches from a distance as the college crumbles and the authorities move in to shut it down.

    Behind the glowing facade Lennie had built was one of the worst schools the state had ever seen.

    Read the full investigation. Go to: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/classact or download the Herald Sun app right now.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 23 min
    Lesson 3: How to succeed in business without really lying

    Lesson 3: How to succeed in business without really lying

    Not content with the hallowed halls of some of Melbourne's most prestigious private schools, Neil Lennie decided to go it alone. And while he continued to inspire in the classroom, cracks were beginning to show.

    Read the full investigation. Go to: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/classact or download the Herald Sun app right now.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 21 min
    Lesson 2: How to win friends - and enemies

    Lesson 2: How to win friends - and enemies

    Neil Lennie's rise through the teaching ranks was swift. And while his students adored him, some of his colleagues told different tales.

    Read the full investigation. Go to: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/classact or download the Herald Sun app right now.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 27 min
    Lesson 1: How to tell a little lie

    Lesson 1: How to tell a little lie

    Neil Lennie had everything going for him, a dashing, inspirational teacher loved by students and respected by his peers. But Lennie's career was built on a little lie that would be his undoing.

    Read the full investigation. Go to: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/classact or download the Herald Sun app right now.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

Lozzac01 ,

Great show

Really enjoyed this
For me the shop theft episode was the most telling
It’s clear that he liked dishonesty
He may or may not have been a good teacher but not a great human being

fjlyo ,

Great exposure of a con

Of course there is harm done! What a ridiculous ruling. What a gall that man had. Sounds like a narcissist to me. Someone who could charm kids and colleagues and too lazy to do the work to get an under-graduate degree let alone the doctorate. Of course he was after money - targeting international students to get the big bucks. Despicable.

Emma Younger ,

I’m hooked

This podcast is so good I had to stop listening to it when I was up with my baby overnight because I was staying up to finish episodes even though I’d got her to sleep.

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