Hon Elizabeth Constable MA(Syd) DipEd(UNE) MEd(Harvard) PhD(UWA) MLA

Hon Elizabeth Constable MA(Syd) DipEd(UNE) MEd(Harvard) PhD(UWA) MLA

Former Minister for Education

    Top teachers offered new Masters in Leadership

    28/09/2011 12:00 AM
    • Program offers teachers range of UWA postgraduate qualifications
    • High-quality teachers sought to pursue careers in public school leadership
    In a move to foster excellence in teaching, Education Minister Liz Constable today announced a new program for top teachers to improve their leadership skills.

    Dr Constable said the Public School Leadership Program would offer teachers and aspiring leaders a range of postgraduate qualifications, including a Master of School Leadership (public schools) at The University of Western Australia (UWA).

    “This program, to begin in January 2012, will further develop excellence in our public schools,” she said.

    “We are seeking high-quality teachers who are interested in pursuing a career in public school leadership and provide the principals of tomorrow.

    “Being a principal in a public school is an extremely important job. They are responsible for student achievement and have the power to develop creative and innovative solutions to problems. It is a position that is highly valued in our society and something that many teachers aspire to.”

    The Minister said people with recognised teaching qualifications and at least two years’ professional teaching experience would be eligible to apply for the program.

    “The program will help successful applicants develop modern and research-based leadership skills that they can use in their schools,” she said.

    “With a high number of public schools being given more flexibility and authority through our Independent Public Schools reform, this program will help provide the high-quality school leaders that the community expects.”

    Dr Constable said the Department of Education had entered into a partnership with UWA to develop and deliver the program, which would contribute to the increased stability and continuity of leadership, performance and accountability within schools.

    “With an ageing workforce it is important that we plan ahead now to ensure we have a strong supply of skilled and experienced people ready to move into leadership positions,” she said.

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    • The State Government’s Independent Public Schools reform gives principals and teachers more flexibility and freedom to manage their own school.
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