State Matters with Paul Toole

The Future: The research is clear that the most effective principals are strong instructional leaders, leaders who are constantly seeking to improve teaching quality.

The Future: The research is clear that the most effective principals are strong instructional leaders, leaders who are constantly seeking to improve teaching quality.

A focus on principals as educational leaders not school administrators is the rationale behind a new school leadership strategy announced this week.

The strategy includes a new leadership institute to train and identify future principals and $50 million a year to enable principals to focus on core duties such as curriculum planning, student progress, teaching quality, and student wellbeing.

The research is clear that the most effective principals are strong instructional leaders – leaders who are constantly seeking to improve teaching quality and student results. The additional $50 million in school support funding will assist principals to employ extra support staff so they have more time for instructional leadership. Schools could, for example, employ a business manager or share one across a across a number of schools.

The strategy follows findings in an independent study that found school principals are spending too much time on management and administration tasks and not enough time on improving teaching and learning.

The strategy was produced in consultation with the NSW Primary Principals Association and the NSW Secondary Principals Council. This is one of the most comprehensive multi-phased strategies put in place to support schools for some time.

Visit www.dec.nsw.gov.au/about-the-department/our-reforms/leadership-strategy

Incubator event fund, Round 1 now open

Rural and regional events held from January to June next year, can now apply for grants under Round One of next year’s 2018 Incubator Event Fund. The Fund, managed by the State’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, offers annual grants of up to $20,000 to new and existing smaller-scale events.

We know regional events play an important role in growing our local economy, and I encourage event organisers to learn more about this wonderful NSW Government opportunity which is now on offer.

Applications for Round One are open until Sunday, October 1, 2017 with Round Two, set to open in February next year for events held in July to December 2018.

To lodge an application and to view the 2018 Incubator Event Fund’s key criteria and terms and conditions, visit www.destinationnsw.com.au/rfep

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