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SPC/PPA Joint Media Release: Workload intensification and Principal wellbeing

The SPC and PPA are concerned about the increasing workload intensification being experienced by Principals in public schools following the release of the latest Principal Health and Wellbeing Survey. The President of the SPC, Chris Presland, said these findings come as no surprise: “We have been surveying our members for a number of years about… Read more

2017 HSC Results

As nearly 78 000 NSW Year 12 students received their HSC results, SPC President, Chris Presland, said this was an important time to celebrate the wonderful achievements of students and teachers: “According to data from the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), ninety-six per cent of course results from this year scored in the top four… Read more

Rural and Remote Education Human Resources Strategy

The SPC welcomes the recent announcement by NSW Education Minister, Rob Stokes, outlining teacher incentives for rural and remote education. SPC President, Chris Presland, said the rural and remote education human resources strategy was a positive step towards closing the educational achievement divide between metropolitan and rural and remote schools: “The SPC and the NSW… Read more

NAPLAN Computer Marking

The decision by the Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority (ACARA) to introduce computer- robots to mark the 2018 NAPLAN tests must not compromise the validity and authenticity of the data and testing process. As the NSW SPC President, Chris Presland, explains: “The SPC is not against online testing or computerised marking for multiple choice or… Read more

School Leadership Strategy

The NSW SPC welcomes the recent announcement made by NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes regarding the introduction of a School Leadership Strategy. The NSW SPC President, Chris Presland, said the strategy was an important recognition of the need to strengthen support and leadership opportunities for current and aspiring principals. “We are supportive of the overall… Read more

Public schools offer inclusive learning environments for all students

The NSW SPC rejects comments made by Senator Pauline Hanson suggesting students with disabilities should be removed from mainstream classrooms. NSW SPC President, Chris Presland, explained that such comments are completely at odds with the principles espoused by public education such as diversity and inclusiveness: “Senator Hanson’s comments are appalling and there is absolutely no… Read more

2017 Bill Kennedy Medal – Lila Mularczyk OAM

The 2017 Bill Kennedy Medal is awarded to Lila Mularczyk OAM who has an enduring commitment to Public Education, the NSWSPC and the development of quality leadership in secondary schools across NSW. Lila demonstrates dynamic, inspirational, creative and influential leadership. She has made an outstanding and continuous contribution to a range of organisations including the… Read more

2017 Academy Photography Fellowship

Awarded to Susan Wyatt – Principal, Mosman High School The Academy Photography Fellowship provides funding to the amount of $4000 annually to be used for the purpose of educational research. The aim of Susan’s research is to provide a detailed analysis of similarities between high performing systems in Asia and some areas of Scandinavia and… Read more

Schools need funding certainty not Gonski 2.0

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s announcement of a new 10-year school funding plan is a welcome commitment to the equitable, needs based funding model recommended by the original 2011 Gonski report. However, the NSW SPC President, Chris Presland, said that uncertainty still remains over funding commitments for 2018: “The announcement by Prime Minister Turnbull vindicates what… Read more

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