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Principals' Australia Institute ceases operations

Posted on 11 October 2018
Principals' Australia Institute ceases operations

In its original format, what is now the Principal's Australia Institue [PAI], was a vehicle established with Federal Government support to promote professional development of leaders in all sectors of Australian Education. As such it was co-owned and managed by the peak principal groups including ASPA, APPA, AIHSA and CaSPA. After various restructures and changes in focus, PAI became an incorportated body that included independant directors which effectively took management away from the peak groups mentioned above.

The CaSPA Board during this period elected to move away from membership of PAI and involvement in its governance for a variety of reasons. In more recent times, the CaSPA Board were not convinced that services PAI were offering - such as Principal Certification - represented value for money.

It is interesting to note therefore that the current Board of PAI will be disbanded. In an email penned by Anne Skipper AM, outgoing chair of PAI, indicated that the mass exodus will make way for a new board to determine the institute's future direction.

"We are pleased to have left the organisation in a strong financial position with $3.5m in equity for the new board," Skipper noted.

PAI's members, the Australian Primary Principals Association and Australian Secondary Principals Association, have appointed the new board of directors.

"It has been a privilege to serve as the chair of PAI and I wish the new board well as they embark on a different direction for the organisation," Skipper said.

Moving forward, the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) will oversee Australian Principal Certification.

Ten of PAI's professional development products and resources will now be administered by the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL), while the Social and Emotional Learning topics will go to the Australian Scholarships Group (ASG).


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