Vale Bill Kennedy

The NSW Secondary Principals’ Council is saddened by the loss of one of our stalwarts – Bill Kennedy Many members will know Bill’s name, but some may not be aware of the significant contribution that he made to the association. The Bill Kennedy Medal was initiated at the 2008 Annual Conference of the NSWSPC to… Read more

SPC Advice – Return to School

Semester 3 2021 The NSW Secondary Principals’ Council (SPC) 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 and the NSW Minister for Education and Early Childhood and provides advice on matters relating to public secondary education… Read more

SPC Media Release: Principal Wellbeing

The NSW Secondary Principals’ Council is urging the State Government to invest in more training, resources and support services for school leaders, with the latest wellbeing survey showing alarming levels of overwork, burnout and stress after the COVID pandemic.  The Australian Principal Occupational, Health, Safety and Wellbeing Survey 2020 is a longitudinal study tracking trends… Read more

Craig Petersen commences as Acting NSW SPC President

Following the mid-term retirement of Chris Presland, the NSW SPC is pleased to announce that Craig Petersen, current NSW SPC Deputy President and College Principal – Denison College of Secondary Education, has been selected to fill the Acting President’s role from the beginning of Term 3 2019 until June 2020. Mr. Petersen said he was delighted to… Read more

2019 NSW Budget

The NSW SPC welcomes the additional funding for schools announced as part of the 2019 NSW State Budget. However, SPC President, Chris Presland, said it is crucial that funding is allocated to the students with the greatest needs: “The announcement of $18.5bn, up more than one billion on last year’s finding allocation, is certainlymost welcome…. Read more

Federal Election Result

With the re-election of the Liberal National Party Government, the SPC calls on Scott Morrison to revisit the issue of education funding. The President of the SPC, Chris Presland, said sector blind funding was crucial to the educational success of all students: “Public schools play a crucial role in educating and providing opportunities for our… Read more

NSW must lead the way on the Schooling Resource Standard

With the upcoming NSW and Federal elections, the issue of school funding is again in the headlines. SPC President, Chris Presland, said this interest presented an opportunity to highlight the importance of the Schooling Resource Standard (SRS): “The SRS is an estimate of how much total public funding a school needs to meet the educational… Read more

Survey results highlight increasing workload intensification for Principals

The SPC is concerned about the increasing workload intensification being experienced by principals in public schools following the release of 2018 data from The Australian Principal Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing Survey. The President of the SPC, Chris Presland, said these findings come as no surprise: “We have been surveying SPC members for a number… Read more

Latest NAPLAN analysis reflects importance of needs-based funding

Recent analysis by Macquarie University researchers indicates that the area in which a student goes to school is one of the clearest predictors of year 5 NAPLAN reading scores.[1]NSW SPC President, Chris Presland, said that while the report is confronting it is trend that has been reflected by data for some time: “The fact that… Read more

SPC Media Release: NSW Government education funding announcement

The NSW SPC welcomes the announcement that the NSW Government will spend an extra $6.4 billion on all schools over the next 10 years. NSW SPC President, Chris Presland, said the funding agreement was particularly pleasing for NSW public schools: “Yesterday’s announcement includes an extra $712 million for public schools which represents a step in the right direction… Read more

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