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Sep 22 2017
Public Education Foundation's GO Foundat...

Are we developing appropriate skills for the digital economy?

Sep 21 2017
Project overview and objectives This workin...

Memo to the Principal: Are you the source of workplace dysfunction?

Sep 20 2017
Rudeness and bullying are rife, says Stanfor...

Research Confirms Students live up to Expectations of their Teachers

Sep 19 2017
Key  findings of NSW Governement Research ...

Psychometric Testing for 2018 Teacher Training aspirants to be introduced before the end of this year

Sep 18 2017
Victorian schools are scrambling to prepare ...

Australian Curriculum - A mile wide and an inch deep...

Sep 17 2017
A CROWDED curriculum is crushing Victorian scho...

Data Project - How CaSPA data compares to Australian Principals

Sep 16 2017
As you may be aware, the Commonwealth Depart...

You are invited to support Research into Parent Engagement in our Schools

Sep 15 2017
CaSPA is supporting this important initiativ...

Principals' Award Conditions - Comparison across Australia

Sep 15 2017
Over recent years, CaSPA has undertaken to s...

Future bright for quality VET in Schools studies

Sep 14 2017
New research linking the 2006 VET in Schools Co...

Prof Greg Craven meets with CaSPA Board in Perth

Sep 14 2017
The Board of CaSPA sees it is important to m...

Executive Officer Vacancy - Kildare Education Ministries

Sep 13 2017
Kildare Education Ministries is seeking a faith...

Principal Well Being - A new report focused on Catholic Sector

Sep 12 2017
For some time CaSPA has been working with CC...

CaSPA AGM held in Perth 10 Sep, 2017

Sep 11 2017
The CaSPA Constitution directs the Board to ...

Teaching Fellowship valued at $45,000 for you or your staff

Sep 11 2017
The Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards were crea...

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Australian Curriculum - A mile wide and an inch deep...

Posted on 17 September 2017
Australian Curriculum - A mile wide and an inch deep...
A CROWDED curriculum is crushing Victorian schools with increasing pressure to cram in lessons on gender equality, cultures, technology and how to "contribute to the world".

The crunch on the amount of time dedicated to literacy and numeracy is causing the state's results to flatline, experts say.

The State Government this year added digital technologies and Respectful Relationships to the curriculum, with Safe Schools to become compulsory in public high schools next year.

The curriculum also includes minimum requirements for exercise and physical education, critical and creative thinking, "intercultural capability" and "ethical capability".

Parents also often expect schools to teach a raft of social programs, including healthy eating, stranger danger, bike education, wellbeing and resilience.

Australian Catholic University's Dr Kevin Donnelly reviewed the national curriculum in 2014 and warned that students were getting a superficial education.

"It is a mile wide and an inch deep," he said.

St Mary's Primary School principal Jim Sheedy said schools faced an "impossible" task.

"Everyone wants you to do everything, and it's a good idea, but the impact is academic," he said.

"School can go from five maths sessions to four to three to two in busy weeks. You can't catch those up." Victoria's school results have flatlined with no significant improvement in years 7 and 9 NAPLAN results over the past decade.

Students in grades three and five failed to make strides in writing, spelling and numeracy and Australia's results are also slipping on a global scale.

 

From: Geelong Advertiser, Geelong VIC  by Monique Hore

31 Aug 2017
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Data Project - How CaSPA data compares to Australian Principals

Posted on 16 September 2017
Data Project - How CaSPA data compares to Australian Principals

As you may be aware, the Commonwealth Department of Education conducted a survey late in 2016 and invited all Australian School Principals to take part.  The results of this survey are now available and may be downloaded at this link.

Some key points of comparison would include:

  • The Australian Survey invited almost 10,000 principals from all sectors and levels of school of whom around 900 responded
  • There is a marked difference in the gender balance with the national sample seeing 55% of principals being female compared to 36% of CaSPA Principals
  • The average current age of CaSPA Principals is just on 55 years compared to the national sample which would see the average age being approximately 54 year
  • CaSPA Principals would appear to come to the role later in their careers after approximately 24 years of teaching experience - at age of approx 46 years
    • The national sample sees Principals being appointed on average after just 18.4 years of teaching - in their early 40's

Below we have included some key data our CaSPA Principals have provided in recent months

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You are invited to support Research into Parent Engagement in our Schools

Posted on 15 September 2017

CaSPA is supporting this important initiative by Catholic School Parents Australia. Please assist by completing a survey:

www.surveymonkey.com/r/CSPASecondary

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Principals' Award Conditions - Comparison across Australia

Posted on 15 September 2017
Principals' Award Conditions - Comparison across Australia

Over recent years, CaSPA has undertaken to summarise and compare the salaries and conditions of Catholic Secondary Principals in the 8 States and Territories across Australia. This is becoming a more complex task as new Industrial arrangements are put in place. It is also true to say that there is quite  a diversity of arrangements even though the scope and responsibilities of being a Principal in a Catholic Secondary School are very similar no matter which jurisdiction the school is located in.

For the purpose of this exercise the following applies:

  • We only look at the Agreement that applies to Principals in schools that are administered by the local Catholic Education System
    • we are all aware that there are Catholic Schools administered by PJP's or other representatives of Religious Institutes, and as there is significant variation in the way they remunerate their Principals, it is too difficult to provide a meaningful summary
  • We only look at the base conditions that are recorded in the relevant agreement/MoU
    • most provide for some level of complexity in schools e.g. boarding, but again it is too complex a task to make meaninful comparisons across jurisdictions

In undertaking this exercise, CaSPA is not seeking to provide advocacy for any group of Principals.  We see this as the role of the local Associations and their work with the relevant employing authority. It is not in the remit of CaSPA to undertake a role in the area of Industrial Relations. We do however believe it is important for colleagues across Australia to be aware of the range of current salaries and conditions that are in place.

Current serving Catholic Principals can follow this link for the 2017 Comparative Conditions Table.

The  2017 Comparative Salaries Table will be published in our October Update

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Future bright for quality VET in Schools studies

Posted on 14 September 2017
Future bright for quality VET in Schools studies
New research linking the 2006 VET in Schools Collection with the 2011 Census shows that school students undertaking VET studies are gaining positive employment and educational opportunities.

Our latest report:

VET in Schools students: characteristics and post-school employment and training experiences

and accompanying infographic show that five years after participating in VET, 87% of students were working, studying or both, with:

  • 78% either working or working while studying
  • 9% studying only.

While there was a small decrease in student numbers last year, there has been a general upward trend of students over the past 20 years.

This research coincides with the release of VET in Schools 2016 data.
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