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Secondary Principals from all sectors combine to shape the Education Agenda

Posted on 29 November 2018
Secondary Principals from all sectors combine to shape the Education Agenda

Above: Andrew Watson President CaSPA; Mark Merry President AHISA; Andrew Pierpoint President ASPA; Berth Blackwood Exec Officer AHISA

A recent meeting of the Presidents of all the Secondary Principal Associations has seen agreement by the leaders in all three sectors to work closely to lead discussion on Education in the media, at the government level and in the public forum.  There was agreement that the recent interchanges on Funding has given the impression that sectors are working in different directions in terms of education. The Presidents of all Peak Associations feel that this impression is anything but helpful.

A quick scan of the media would see all sorts of people offering gratuitous advice about "how education could improve" and what "should be taught in schools these days....."

Sadly those charged with leading education in the 10,000 schools across the country are rarely given the opportunity to offer their perspectives.

All the Presidents agreed to support the following initiatives to help shape future education policy:

  • Nov 2018 - Principals as Leaders of STEM Project Launch
  • March 22, 2019 - Leaders Forum in Canberra
  • Early 2019 - AHISA Education "TED Talks" in various venues

CaSPA will providing further details of these events during the coming months

AHISA chair - Dr Mark Merry - offered this reflection of the meeting:

  • In the absence of clear influence from Principals in national discourse, others would lead the narrative and decision making in the area of school leadership
  • The three organisations could and should work together in areas of mutual interest to strengthen their impact in the political and public arena
  • There were some emerging opportunities in the new year such as the ASPA Education Forum and the AHISA Ed Dialogues where the three groups could collaborate
  • There is great value in continued discussions between the three organisations to further Principal leadership of education in Australia


I believe that this is a very positive step in re engaging our Principals as significant influencers on education policymaking and as a strong voice for our schools.

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