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Department leaders on tour for principal forums

More than 200 principals met in Newcastle today at the first of 10 state-wide forums where Department of Education leaders are connecting directly with school leaders about the impact of policies on schools.

The principals, from the Hunter Valley, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens and Great Lakes, engaged in conversation with the Secretary, Mark Scott; Deputy Secretary School Operations and Performance Murat Dizdar; and Deputy Secretary Educational Services Georgina Harrisson.

Mr Scott said the department wanted to provide better support at every level in schools so that principals could deliver outstanding growth and improvement for their students.

“We are keen to connect directly with principals about how we can best meet the needs of the students in our care and support our schools,” he said.

“It’s an opportunity to go into more depth on how we want to support the work of principals and enhance the educational services on offer to our schools.”

The Newcastle event kicks off a three-week tour of NSW, with the education leaders aiming to meet with as many principals as possible during the forums in regional and metropolitan centres.

NSW public education is the largest education system in Australia, with 810,000 students in 2,200 schools and 85,000 staff.

The department’s new Strategic Plan 2018-2022 sets the vision for NSW public education to be “Australia’s best education system and one of the finest in the world”.

Education Forums for Principals will also be held in Coffs Harbour (27 February), Tamworth (28 February), Batemans Bay (5 March), Wagga Wagga (6 March), Dubbo (7 March), Sydney (12 & 13 March), Penrith (14 March) and Liverpool (16 March).

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