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

Media Release: SPC Response to Labor Promises on School Funding

The SPC welcomes the pledge made by Bill Shorten to invest an additional $14 billion in public education over 10 years if Labor wins the next federal election. The SPC President, Chris Presland, said such an investment reflects the importance of a fair approach to education funding: “What is required is a needs-based funding model… Read more

SPC Media Release: New Standards for Graduate Teachers

The NSW SPC is broadly supportive of the launch of the Teacher Success Profile which sets new benchmarks for university graduates to be eligible for employment as teachers in NSW public schools.  The President of the SPC, Chris Presland, said the launch of the new policy is a reminder of the importance of quality teaching in our… Read more

SPC Media Release: New Federal Minister for Education and Training

The NSW SPC believes one of the top priorities for the new Federal Minister for Education and Training, Dan Tehan, is to implement needs-based funding and provide funding certainty to schools. The SPC President, Chris Presland, reiterated the need for Mr. Tehan and the Federal government to deliver on the promise of the Gonski funding… Read more

SPC Media Release: 2018 Education Week

The NSW SPC believes Education Week 2018 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 contribution public education makes to Australian society: “The theme for Education Week 2018 is “Today’s schools –… Read more

SPC Media Release: Gonski Report

The recommendations made by the ‘Through Growth to Achievement Report of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools’ released today provides a comprehensive insight into the challenges within the Australian educational landscape. As SPC President, Chris Presland, explains: “The report has some good ideas and this will obviously encourage discussion about how we… Read more

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

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