School success is more than a NAPLAN score

It’s time for a more serious discourse about what and how we measure school performance. The NSW SPC believes the focus on standardised testing such as NAPLAN and PISA rankings needs to be repositioned to consider broader definitions of school success. The NSW SPC President, Chris Presland, said investigating how other countries measure school success… Read more

Education Week is an opportunity to build a positive educational narrative

The NSW SPC believes Education Week 2016 is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of public schools and challenge the growing political rhetoric which suggests Australian schools are failing students. NSW SPC President, Chris Presland, said Education Week highlights the quality, diversity and innovation of public education across NSW. “The theme for Education Week 2016… Read more

Reforms will strengthen the HSC’s standing

The NSW SPC believes changes to the HSC announced by the Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli on 19 July 2016 will ensure the HSC remains a rigorous, relevant credential for NSW students, as well as enhance its already highly recognised status as a quality academic credential. NSW SPC President, Chris Presland, said the introduction of… Read more

NSW Secondary Principals’ Council elects new President

The NSW Secondary Principals’ Council (NSWSPC) is pleased to announce the election of Chris Presland as the new President of the NSWSPC. The NSWSPC is the professional body representing Principals of government schools and colleges in NSW that have secondary school enrolments. The Council works closely with senior officials from the NSW Department of Education… Read more

2016 Bill Kennedy Medal – Chris Bonnor

The Bill Kennedy Medal was initiated at the 2008 NSW SPC Annual Conference and is awarded to a member of the NSWSPC or a Life Member of the NSWSPC who has given significant service to the organisation over a sustained period of time. The 2016 awardee is Chris Bonnor AM, a former President of the… Read more


Malcolm Turnbull has rejected the entitlement of every child in an Australian School to access quality needs-based education and abandoned students most in need. The Gonski Review provided a thoroughly researched series of School Funding recommendations for all students, in all schools across all Australian educational jurisdictions, states and territories and the Coalition should be… Read more


NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell is failing NSW school students with his refusal to either sign up to the Prime Minister’s funding reform package or give an unequivocal commitment to do so before the 30 June deadline. “It would be an educational disaster for NSW students if the Premier fails to take the opportunity to inject… Read more

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